Author(s): Fredrick A Horowitz
Josef Albers (1888-1976) has long been admired for his progressive vision as an artist and designer who blurred distinctions between fine and applied art, but rarely has his influence as a teacher been examined with such depth and detail. The German-born artist/educator was a remarkable classroom performer whose colorful language, wit, and dramatic flair held his students spellbound and turned his lessons into high adventure. Whether at the Bauhaus in prewar Germany, Black Mountain College in rural North Carolina during the 1930s and 1940s, or at Yale in the 1950s, Albers-the-teacher was driven by one thing: the desire to open his students' eyes to a different way of perceiving art and, ultimately, life.The son of a house painter and decorator in Germany's northwest Ruhr region, Albers grew up surrounded by artisans and learned at an early age to paint, cut stone, and craft wood. Although his ambition had always been to become an artist, Albers entered teacher's training college at his father's insistence and spent his first professional year teaching six- to fourteen-year-olds in a single-classroom school.
Brenda Danilowitz is the chief curator of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and has written extensively on Josef Albers for a variety of publications. Frederick A. Horowitz, a former student of Josef Albers's at Yale in the 1950s, teaches art at Washtenaw College in Michigan .
Foreword by Nicholas Fox Weber"A Short History of Josef Albers" by Brenda Danilowitz"Albers as Teacher" by Frederick A. HorowitzI. IntroductionII. Albers the TeacherIII. DesignIV. Basic DrawingV. The Color CourseVI. The Painting CoursesVII. Albers's Teaching LegacyNotesChronology of Albers's Teaching Career