Paul Klee: Pedagogical Sketchbook (1925–) [DE, EN, GR, RU]

14 February 2013, dusan

“Paul Klee occupies a unique position among the creators of modern art. Although he shed all ties with conventional presentation, he developed a closer and deeper relationship to reality than did most painters of his time. Without any attempt at imitation or idealization, he recorded proportion, motion, and depth in space as the fundamental attributes of the visual world.

Klee collected his observations in his Pedagogical Sketchbook intended as the basis for the course in design theory at the famous Bauhaus art school in Germany. From the simple phenomenon of interweaving lines, his work leads to the comprehension of defined planes-of structure, dimension, equilibrium, and motion. But he employs no abstract formulas. The student remains in the familiar world-a world that acquires new significance through the straight forward approach of Klee’s simple, lucid drawings and his precise captions. Chessboard, bone, muscle, heart, a water wheel, a plant, railroad ties, a tightrope walker-these serve as examples for the forty-three design lessons.

Pedagogical Sketchbook is a vital contribution toward a more human, more universal goal in design education the work of a visionary painter who dedicated himself to the practical task of making people see.” (from the Back cover)

Publisher Albert Langen, Munich, 1925
Volume 2 of Bauhausbücher series
50 pages

English edition
Introduction and Translation by Sibyl Moholy-Nagy
Publisher Frederick A. Praeger, New York, 1953
The original layout by L. Moholy-Nagy has been retained
65 pages


Pädagogisches Skizzenbuch (German, 33 MB, via Bibliothèque Kandinsky, added on 2014-8-17, updated on 2022-4-13)
Pädagogisches Skizzenbuch (German, PDF, JPG, in Heidelberg U Library, added on 2019-7-7)
Pedagogical Sketchbook (English, 1953 edition, no OCR)
Pedagogical Sketchbook (English, 1960 edition, 7th printing from 1972)
Παιδαγωγικό Σημειωματάριο (Greek, trans. Β. Λαγοπούλου, 1976)
Pedagogikheskie eskizy (Russian, trans. N. Druzhkovoy, 2005, added on 2014-3-6)

See also other titles in the Bauhaus Books series, as well as Klee’s class notes in manuscript and an edited version of his Notebooks.

7 Responses to “Paul Klee: Pedagogical Sketchbook (1925–) [DE, EN, GR, RU]”

  1. mario lozano on November 8, 2015 6:15 pm

    Siento curiosidad por informarme sobre estas ideas

  2. Lluis Rost on December 16, 2018 8:25 pm

    As a design teacher in a secndary school I’m always looking fer a a new activities in my class. I was very impressed descovering Klee’s work and visiting his museum in Berma many years ago. Thanks.

  3. Socorro San Martín on April 13, 2019 6:34 am

    Thank you Ilove the work of the Bauhaus

  4. Connie Posigian on January 18, 2020 1:31 am

    Timeless. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Yasnaya on March 21, 2020 3:01 pm

    hiii i love paul klee and with this corona virus im at home with nothing to do

  6. Federico Leyva Reul on November 15, 2020 2:45 am

    Hola, soy mexicano, profesor de la escuela de diseño en la UNAM. Estoy muy interesado en el libro como docente y como diseñador gráfico.
    Gracias por acercarnos tan valioso material.

  7. Jose Ignacio Aravena Rojas on December 23, 2020 5:46 pm

    Es muy valioso conocer su pensamiento de primera fuente.

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