AUDEMARS (Mina) – LAFENDEL (Louise) Dessin pour les petits [= Drawing for Little Ones]. Avec une preface de S. Dompmartin, Inspectrice des écoles enfantines, et un avant-propos de Ed. Claparède Professeur à l’université de Genève.
[Lausanne, A. Dénéréaz-Spengler & Cie., Arts Graphiques], (distributed by) Librairie Fernand Nathan, Paris (with printed label affixed on the publisher’s name on both the cover and the title-page), (1913).
Large 8vo, publisher’s half green cloth over illustrated paper boards. XVI-58 pp. Complete.
49 numbered colour plates (marked A, B, C and 1-46).
Rare pedagogical work by two famous Swiss proponents of the new learning methods for children derived from Erich Fröbel, Maria Montessori, Célestin Freinet and others.
Mina Audemars (1883-1971) and Louise Lafendel (1872-1971) were pioneers of active pedagogy at the Maison des Petits of the Jean-Jacques Rousseau Institute, a world-famous experimental school opened in 1913 in Geneva, which they co-directed for thirty years at the beginning of the last century. Through their construction games and other methods, they advocated learning through free play and stimulating the child’s faculties through discovery. The present work consists of 46 drawing lessons, each illustrated with the work of a child.