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Shapes 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. Shapes isolates shapes to show how they are used by artists an how they contribute to the meaning of 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 'shapes' and discussing what ideas and feelings they suggest, adults encourage children to develop creative thinking skills. Other Shapes artists include Seurat, Gauguin, Malevich, Mondrian, Arp, Klee, Smith and Dali.
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.