I agree! It is SO hard to find good video/DVDs. Funny that you are looking for the same artists that I am and that we both are looking for 7/8th grade. I just ordered some and O'Keefe and Pollock are among them. I haven't viewed them yet, but will definitely post a review as soon as I have (hopefully starting tonight).
Even though they are cheesey, the kids (even HS) enjoy the Behind the Scenes videos. I just showed the one on Robert Gil de Montes for color. Even though they rolled their eyes at some parts, they really stayed focused on it and we were able to have a good discussion afterwards. Fun!
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Subject: [teacherartexchange] Share your *favorite* Art videos/DVD's
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.