People is one in a series of MoMA Art Basics for Kids books that introduces young readers and their parents to six visual building blocks--Lines, Shapes, Colors, People, Places and Stories--via an assortment of the great masterpieces of twentieth century art. People explores how people are depicted by artists and how they help to convey the meaning in art.
Author Philip Yenawine (see About the Author below) has created an "ABC of art" whereby both parents and teachers can play a key role in the learning process by asking questions like, "Can you find buildings? And roofs?" while looking at a Picasso study. By looking at 'people' and discussing their various characteristics, adults encourage children to develop creative thinking skills. People highlights works by Balthus, Degas, Freud, Cezanne, Neel and Rivera.
Philip Yenawine, the longtime Director of Education at The Museum of Modern Art, is currently co-director of Visual Understanding in Education, a developmentally based education research organization.