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Faith Ringgold Review
Quirky animation, abundant sound effects, enthusiastic narration, and silly touches enhance this recommended program, which concludes with a retrospective of the artist’s selected paintings, mosaics, and quilts. Click here to read full review

Abraham Lincoln Review
“In this latest title in the ongoing Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents series that began with George Washington (2007), animated cartoon character Abraham Lincoln tells his life story—talking about his backwoods childhood, self-education, and political career that culminated in the White House.” Click here to read full review

Claude Monet Review
“Mixing solid facts with appealing visuals, this first-rate, well-priced program is highly recommended for elementary-school art classes.” Click here to read full review

Leonardo DaVinci Review
“Interest kids in Renaissance art? Sounds laughable, doesn’t it? Yet laugh and learn are what viewers will do when the digitally animated DaVinci introduces himself and his pivotal achievements…” Click here to read full review

Michelangelo Review
“From the opening song… this is a laugh-out-loud treat. The animate Michelangelo speaks in a fun Italian accent, bringing to the screen a lot of attitude, as befitting a genius. Informative and highly entertaining., ” Click here to read full review

Andy Warhol Review
“The artist’s evolution from painter and sculptor to filmmaker and superstar is discussed with music, contemporary photographs, and art reproductions …adding just enough silliness to maintain interest, this entertaining program leads youngsters into the world of pop art.” Click here to read full review

Mary Cassatt Review
“With just the right touch of silliness to hold younger viewers’ interest, this delightful program is a perfect vehicle for introducing students to significant artists.” Click here to read full review

Edgar Degas Review
“this colorful and engaging animated biography of painter-sculptor Degas is narrated by a cartoon version of the artist himself…another winner in the justifiably popular series”
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Getting to Know Art Media: Drawing Media Review
“This useful classroom resource manages to cover fairly sophisticated skills in a kid-friendly fashion.”
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Leonardo DaVinci and Vincent van Gogh Reviews
“What is the best way to teach? When it’s fun! If you are teaching art history, I cannot recommend a more engaging way that incorporating the Getting To Know the World’s Greatest Artists VIDEOS!” Click here to read full review

Andy Warhol Review
“This DVD was creative, fun to watch, and full of great information. Your children won’t be disappointed when it is time to learn about Andy Warhol, and they may just ask for more of his work after viewing this DVD. They may even make their own pop art! What a great find!  Click here to read full review

George Washington Review
“These videos are humorous and entertaining, making facts and information fun to absorb and easy to remember. Historical images are interspersed throughout the story, bringing the era to life and exposing viewers to well-known pieces of art.”  Click here to read full review

Elements of Art Review
“Each video encourages students to try different ideas in their art. My children (aged four to twelve) each brought out paper and art supplies after watching each lesson, a testimony to the inspirational quality of these videos.”
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Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists Series Review
“My family is already a huge fan of the book series by Mike Venezia. The videos, just like the books, are entertaining, energetic, fun, and educational. My entire family was captivated as we watched animated Da Vinci, Monet, Rembrant and Van Gogh characters ‘host’ their own stories.”  Click here to read full review

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Leonardo DaVinci Review
“…this video serves up an entertaining mix of silliness and art history throughout…should prove enlightening and enjoyable for a wide range of viewers.” Click here to read full review

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Faith Ringgold Review
Wonderful background music sets an optimistic tone as viewers learn about Ringgold’s childhood and adult life.  Best of all, viewers get to see that art work, diving into its colors and reveling in its exuberance. Both educational and inspiring, it merits a place in all library collections for children.Click here to read the full review

Abraham Lincoln Review
“All told from Lincoln’s point of view, this is a compelling, fascinating window into an important time period and shows this president’s lasting legacy.” Click here to read full review

Michelangelo Review
“…This humorous, fast-paced production makes Michelangelo and his art accessible to a wide range of students.” -Emily Herman, Mary Lin Elementary School, Atlanta, GA   Click here to read full review

Rembrandt Review
“Mike Venezia is at it again, clowning around with art history…[a] lighthearted and humorous take on the subject [which] will entertain viewers while they receive a solid lesson in art history. This video is appealing for all age groups, including adults.” – Laurie Edwards, Susquehanna Art Musem, Harrisburg, PA  Click here to read full review

Vincent van Gogh Review
“After watching this enjoyable introduction to van Gogh, kids will want to head to the museum to see the actual paintings. For school and public libraries.”- Rhonda Kasemodel Puntney, Lakeshores Library System, WI  Click here to read full review

Leonardo Da Vinci Review
“The animated cartoon characters who act out the story and point out details of the artwork will appeal to students…
Over all, the video provides a humorous overview of the life and work of this famous artist.” – Laurie Edwards, Susquehanna Art Musem, Harrisburg, PA  Click here to read full review

Andy Warhol Review
” The fun animation and original background music combine to provide a fun but informative introduction to an important American artist. Students will want to seek out more of Warhol’s art and even try their hand at creating their own works of art from everyday items.” – Teresa Wittmann, Westgate Elementary School, Edmonds, WA
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Edgar Degas Review
” The artist’s story is told humorously but in straightforward terms by fully-animated cartoon characters. Puns and gags abound, but the facts of his life and his art are clearly and memorably presented.” MaryAnn Karre, Horace Mann Elementary School, Binghamton, NY  Click here to read full review

Elements of Art Review
“These titles offer basic introduction to simple, yet important art concepts. A fun way to teach
children the basics of art.” -April Mazza, Wayland Public Library, MA  Click here to read full review

George Washington Review
“Humorous animation is juxtaposed with fine art and historical images that help to place the facts
in historical perspective”. -MaryAnne Karre, Horace Mann Elementary School, Binghamton, NY
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John Adams Review
“Humorous animation is juxtaposed with fine art and historical images that help to place the facts
in historical perspective”. -MaryAnne Karre, Horace Mann Elementary School, Binghamton, NY
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Mary Cassatt Review
“The humourous cartoon animation lightens the mood and makes the film more accessible to a young audience; lively background instrumentals hearken back to 19th centure Europe. A good choice for Impressionist art units or Women’s History Month.”
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Thomas Jefferson Review
“ Another one of Mike Venezia’s biographies with its humorous cartoon illustrations, hilarious asides, and fascinating kid-friendly information… It doesn’t get any better than this!.”
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Drawing Media Review
“Featuring exciting animation, lively music, fun sound effects, and youthful narration, 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.”
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Abraham Lincoln Review
“Featuring quotes, important events, vocabulary, and fanciful bits (such as Abe discussing the love scene from Romeo and Juliet with talking oxen), this is definitely recommended. “Click here to read full review

Thomas Jefferson Review
“…historical paintings and prints alternate with cartoon action to illustrate the action… recommended.”
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Claude Monet Review
“An animated version of the popular book, which introduces French impressionist artist Monet to kids in a friendly and accessible way,…” Click here to read full review

Color in Art Review
“A terrific program that introduces young students to color as an artistic too…featuring informative, entertaining art productions…using child voiceovers and plenty of bright colorful visuals. ” Click here to read full review

George Washington Review
”Narrated by ”George” himself, this program combines whimsical animation and archival stills of various documents and paintings to bring historical fact to life… a nicely-paced program that adopts an easygoing conversational tone and fine sense of humor.” Click here to read full review

Getting to Know Art Media: Drawing Media Review
“Getting to Know Art Media employs creative animation and fun sound effects to help demystify a myriad of drawing tools: pencils, charcoal, chalk, pastels, crayons, oil pastels and markers.”   Click here to read full review

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Andy Warhol Review
“With playful animation, original music, and lively sound effects, cartoon Andy narrates his own story… a fast-paced, child friendly introduction to the life and works of Andy Warhol, Pop Art icon.”  Click here to read full review

Mary Cassatt Review
“Mary Cassatt is brought to life in a stylized and lively cartoon as she shares the story of her life growing up as an artist, how she developed her style and captured her subject matter, and how she became famous through her work.”   
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Edgar Degas Review
“Rich use of visuals, including examples of Degas’ paintings, drawings, pastels and sculptures are combined with historic images from the time period to create a very engaging presentation.” Click here to read the full review.

Drawing Media Review
“Bright graphics, action and engaging sound effects make this video a winner…not to mention gorgeous examples from art history.” Click here to read full review

Elements of Art Review
“…not only entertaining and intelligently presented, but it concisely explains the nature of what is being viewed… fast moving and does not “talk down” to children” Click here to read full review

Mary Cassatt Review
“This fast-paced, animated biography about Impressionist artist Mary Cassatt… has produced a lively first-person narrative that traces (her) career in a style that is very appealing to an elementary-age, perhaps middle-school, viewing audience” Click here to read full review

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Artists Series Review
“Each video combines animation with examples of great art in a lighthearted, fast-paced manner that simultaneously entertains and informs young viewers.” – Kim Huyler Defibaugh, Supervisor of Fine Arts K-12, Toms River Regional Schools, New Jersey. Click here to read full review

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Lincoln Review
“This is a fun, humorous look at our 16th president whle still ginving the main points of his life and legacy
in language children will be able to understand.” Click here to read full review