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Each of these DVDs presents a lighthearted, intelligent, and appealing introduction to one of the world’s greatest artists in the style of Mike Venezia’s award-winning children’s books. Praised by Booklist, School Library Journal, and Video Librarian, these DVDs are loved by teachers, librarians, parents, and kids alike.
Say "mother and child," and what artist comes to mind? Get to know Impressionist artist Mary Cassatt, famous for her tender portraits of families and children. Why didn’t Mary’s father want her to be an artist? What turned Mary and her friend Edgar Degas into mad scientists? What made her huge World’s Fair mural so mysterious? Find out as you laugh and learn with one of the world’s best-loved artists. 24 minutes.
When is an Impressionist not an Impressionist? When he's Edgar Degas! Degas showed his work with Cassatt, Monet, and Renoir, but he never considered his art to be "Impressionist" art. Why not? Young viewers will learn the reasons from an animated Degas himself, as they watch him tell the story of his life and his artistic career. 22 minutes.
Leonardo da Vinci
Who is the world’s most famous Renaissance Man? Leonardo da Vinci: painter, mathematician, scientist, and engineer. In this delightful animated video, da Vinci’s enthusiasm and curiosity are contagious as kids laugh and learn with the painter of the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. 23 minutes
Michelangelo tells you his own life story in an entertaining way that mixes art history with playful cartoon humor. From his childhood and student days in Florence to his career in Rome as a sculptor, painter, and architect, Michelangelo’s tale is a factual and fun-filled introduction to one of the most famous names of the Italian Renaissance. 23 minutes.
Claude Monet and his French Impressionist "pals" are brought to life in this entertaining, animated video. Now kids can have fun learning about Monet’s life and paintings through a playful combination of great art and delightful off-the-wall cartoons. This DVD is an American Library Association 2002 Notable Children’s Video Award winner. 22 minutes.
How did one 17th-century Dutchman’s work become the world standard for art? Let Rembrandt van Rijn tell you the story of his own life and creative career in this lighthearted and informative look at one of the world’s most famous artists. 23 minutes.
Can you fly? Faith Ringgold believes you can. An animated Ringgold guides viewers through a kid-friendly look at her life, times, and work — from her childhood in Harlem, through the cultural upheavals of the 1970s, to her position today as a respected contemporary artist and author. Historic photographs and music complement this fun, fact-filled look at Ringgold's paintings, mosaics, and renowned story quilts. 22 minutes.
Playful cartoons and great art come together in this animated DVD about Vincent Van Gogh. Meet Vincent, his brother Theo, and fellow artist Paul Gauguin in this remarkable story of Van Gogh’s life and art. Get to know this cranky visionary who would become one of the world’s greatest artists. 23 minutes
Pop Art icon Andy Warhol narrates the story of his life and artworks in this child-friendly, animated introduction to “one of the best known and fun periods of art ever!” Covering Warhol’s blue-collar birth in Pittsburgh to his (much more than) fifteen minutes of worldwide fame, Warhol also puts his art in context with modern art contemporaries including Rauschenberg, Johns, Oldenburg, and Lichtenstein. This DVD is an American Library Association 2007 Notable Children’s Video Award winner. 24 minutes.
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My younger student love these and so do I. They are fun, engaging and accurate for younger viewers.
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Terrific video series!
By Art Lady
from Athens, GA
I'm a Primary/Secondary school art teacher and have used the Mike Venezia books/DVDs in my classroom for years. It's an older series with an occasional new addition to the series. The pairing of the artist's imagery along with cartoons created by Mike Venezia is so fun and the children connect instantly causing them to remember details about the artist. The humor is on a level that older students and teachers can still find engaging and makes for a great introduction to art history.
Love these DVDs!
I really enjoy these videos. They provide a funny and creative look at the artist. The humor is so silly that it's amusing. I teach high school and my students really like them as an alternative to lectured art history note taking. These are especially helpful when I have a substitute.
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from North Yorkshire, UK
I was really looking forward to getting this set of DVD's to use as an art history source for my K-5 art students and was really disappointed when I began watching them. I found the DVD's boring, as did my students and I did not like how the information about the artist was conveyed. I now have a set of DVDs that I will not be using in the future. :(
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Fantastic way to learn about artists!
By Will Ford
from Chillicothe, MO
These DVD's are awesome! I started with the Van Gogh DVD (my personal favorite of the series)and have added more each year. I own nearly all of them and use them in my K-5 art classes. The animation is creative and the artist's stories are both informative and engaging; students love watching them! The Dvd's are filled with light humor which both the students and I really like. In the Van Gogh Dvd, when Vincent learns that he finally sold a painting he replies "Great, now maybe I can afford a popsicle!" I also own the Michelangelo DVD and I have to say that I didn't find it offensive at all. Michelangelo and the Pope do argue with each other but I found their arguments to be presented in a humorous, light-hearted way. I felt it was an appropriate way to represent the disagreements these two actually had.If you're looking for Dvd's that are very informative and will keep your student's attention, get these DVD's! They're great!
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
By Joyce, elementary and middle school art
from Georgetown, Kentucky
While previewing this DVD, in the first few minutes the narrator says about the statue of David something like, 'So he's naked, so what?' I found the sassy response offensive. This rather caustic and casual attitude is what drives the humor of the presentation. So many of today's programs use very casual and terribly disrespectful language and then as educators and leaders we are surprised at the disrespect with which our young people speak. Although the content of the series is helpful and seemingly accurate, and it is presented in a fun manner, I would not recommend this series because of the smart alec responses to important people and concepts like for instance the Pope. And no, I am not Catholic. But I am weary of disrespect.
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