I also have the "Who is the Artist" series, "Drawing the Line", the "Getting to know...", and the "Dropping In on..." (Those are cartoons, but even with middle school, good info, and the kids laugh at the cheezy-ness),
My all-time favorite series is the "The Artists' Specials" set by Devine Entertainment Corporation. They are fictional videos, but really give students a glimpse into the life of the artists, and have a STORY that they remember. There is no worry about swearing and nudity either! I hope they add to the series, right now we have Rembrandt, Goya, Cassatt, Monet, Degas, and Homer.
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.