It's so hard to find videos that interest the students and effectively communicate valuable information. I usually try to introduce artists in a few different ways to accomodate all learners. Good videos can really bring artists to life. Right now I am specifically searching for great videos on the following artists (I teach 7th and 8th grade): Mondrian, O'Keeffe and Jackson Pollock. I thought it might be helpful if we all shared a few of our favorite videos. I have purchased so many terible ones over the years.
Here are a few of my favs . . .
Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress (Home Vision Arts) There are a couple of mild swear words. I just prepare my students for them.
Drawing the Line: A Portrait of Keith Haring (Kulture)
Crystal "Who is the Artist?" series
African-American Artist Series (L&S Video) All of these are good.
Through the Lens (Nat. Geo.)
Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (I personally loved this, but it would only be appropriate for HS- and even then I would preview first)
Getting to Know . . . Artist Series These are a little elementary, but they are fast paced and chock full of great info. My students really like them.