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Getting to Know Art Media: Drawing Media

K-Gr 4- The first title in a new series designed to introduce different art media to young children, this film covers the tools used to create two-dimensional art such as pencils, charcoal, chalk, pastels, crayons, markers, and more. Featuring exciting animation, lively music, fun sound effects, and youthful narration, the DVD explains how each material is made, gives some history of its use, explains how to hold or use it, and shows examples of works which beautifully illustrate now the medium has been used by artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Edgar Degas, and Thomas Gainsborough.

For example, in the chapter on pencils and colored pencils, viewers are given a brief history of pencils that shows how they are made, the hardness scale and what it means, and how they can be held to create different results such as cross-hatching and stippling. The same type of information is provided for each medium.

Different types of paper and sketchbooks are also covered, followed by a review and questions related to the material presented. However, no time is allowed for answers or discussion. This informative production, divided into five chapters which can be selected individually, will be useful for art instruction and excite students to experiment with different media.

-MaryAnn Karre, Horace Mann Elementary School, Binghamton, NY