I have these also - my elementary kids were spellbound. Some of the situations presented to intertwine the artist's life with the young person on the video are very real and thought provoking. For example, in the Homer video, there's a young man who's glamourized war - his brother was in the Civil War as a spy - but Winslow has some definite reservations about war after what he'd seen as a reporter. This conflict of ideas gets played out. These are good videos since they include some good character growth ( as in postive virtues).
From: Carolyn Roberts [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, May 10, 2004 6:11 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: top five art videos for middle school
I bought the Devine Entertainment series...they're in story form.
Read about them here:
*Degas and the Dancer
*Mary Cassatt: American Impressionist
*Monet: Shadow & Light
*Rembrandt: Fathers & Sons
*Goya: Awakened in a Dream
*Winslow Homer: An American Original
Very good videos!
> I have a friend who uses the Mike Venizia videos for her middle
> schoolers...they love them!!! I would also get Keith Harring: Drawing
the Line. Also
> the Elizabeth Catlett video is fabulous!!! She is so great! And anything
> Faith Ringgold. She has such a wonderful way of communicating!