Based on his 1921 to 1931 lectures on visual form at Bauhaus Staatliche Art School, and on the over 3000 handwritten pages of notes, the sketchbook was edited by Walter Gropius, designed by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and eventually published in 1925 as a Bauhaus student manual, forming a trilogy of teaching methods on art theory, together with Itten’s Theory of Color and Kandinsky’s Point and Line to Plane.
Pedagogical sketchbook investigates dynamic principles in visual arts, guiding students into a step-to-step conceptual framework. Objects form a complex relation to physical and intellectual space concepts.
Four different parts correspond to four conceptual frameworks, illustrated with creative arithmetic or geometry sketches, scribbles and mental notes.
The four chapter are “Line and Structure”, (a dot goes for a walk… freely and without a goal), “Dimension and Balance”, where a line is related to psychological and social concepts of space; “Gravitational Curve”, (man as a tragic figure always brought down by a plummet) and “Kinetic and Chromatic Energy”, with examples of creative kinetics defying gravitational force, like the centripetal force of a pendulum.
You can find the Klee’s sketchbook in pdf here.
Via: Stefano Mirti (and his beautiful albums on fb)