You know, I just had to comment, because I feel the same way. So many
of these DVD/Videos are so dry and pretentious. I'm almost always
disappointed in them and they're expensive. For example, one on
Magritte basically showed a painting, said the title and the date and
then came the next one...that was it. And did anyone get the Kadinsky?
It's by RM Arts 'Portrait of an Artist'....it was boring to me, let
alone my middle schoolers.
The Dropping In series are so much better (I was at a workshop with you,
Pam, in Arlington Texas a couple of years ago.) I wish though, there
was available videos that are a little older for sophisticated 7th-8th
I think if anyone has found some, that would be a good use of
Picasso Paints a Face, I found to be interesting.
Any other suggestions?
Sent: Wednesday, November 15, 2006 11:05 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: [teacherartexchange] artist documentary recommendation
The recent posts about MS videos made me want to share this with you
I've been using Netflix as a resource for reviewing art history videos.
far, many that I've viewed are painfully slow, and incredibly
I finally found a gem that could be used on the secondary level.
appropriate for high school, and with a bit of editing - appropriate for
middle school) It's Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre (2005) directed by
Carroll Moore. It's 35 minutes long, but in that amount of time it goes
pretty in depth about life at that time and the development of art in
Montmartre...and amazingly enough, it does it while remaining down to
earth and interesting.
Unfortunately, the DVD isn't divided into chapters, so skipping parts
desired) will have to be done by fast forwarding. As far as student
appropriateness - there's some discussion throughout of the "seedy"
aspects of life in Montmartre at the time (prostitutes, drinking, etc).
doesn't go into graphic detail or anything - mostly just mentioning that
they existed and influenced people. There is, however, a section
3 minutes long?) towards the end of the video discussing Lautrec's
visitation to brothels, and the paintings that resulted. Again, it's
very graphic...but it does show one or two artworks with (gasp) a bit
nudity. When I show it to my middle schoolers, I plan on skipping that
part - not because it offends me, but because I work in a conservative
district (and I have the superintendent's son in my class ;) ). I
figured that I should warn you that it's in there.