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Squiggles, Dots & Lines [VHS] (1999)

Kidvidz , Ed Emberley  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kidvidz, Ed Emberley
  • Format: Color, Live, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Kidvidz
  • VHS Release Date: November 16, 1999
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630131378X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #630,241 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Illustrator Ed Emberley has developed a simple, nine-character "drawing alphabet" that enables children ages 5 to 12 to draw almost anything. By using simple shapes like a circle, triangle, and squiggle, Emberley demonstrates drawing things like ant parades, mice, and expressive faces. He discusses the many sources of artistic inspiration and shows kids how to create movement or tell a story just by adding simple details and decorations to their drawings. Enthusiastic child artists apply Emberley's ideas to their own art projects, creating personalized cards, books, and some amazingly intricate drawings. This video uses a combination of original songs celebrating the joy and creative potential of drawing, Emberley's instruction, and glimpses of real children engaged in drawing, which keeps kids interested and thoroughly entertained. A short activity guide, reminiscent of Emberley's many books on drawing, accompanies the video and offers step-by-step instructions for creating things like cars, faces, and animals. This video will inspire and teach children of all artistic abilities--not to mention their parents! --Tami Horiuchi

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A kid's video guide to art and creativity featuring illustrator Ed Emberley. Find out how to draw almost anything in the universe! Squiggles, Dots & Lines presents Ed Emberley's unique "drawing alphabet" with lively computer graphics and new songs. See kids like you illustrate books, make cards, party decorations and murals. A dog rock star, ants from outer space, and more will inspire your creativity!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Teaches the basics January 2, 2003
By Tina
Format:VHS Tape
This tape is really good for the begginer. It's well filmed and easy to understand. My parents bought it for me for Christmas and it's helped me a lot. I also recommend all of Mark Kistler's books and tapes and a cute book that can inspire any young artist (The Butterfly by Singh). I got many other presents, but these were the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The kids ask to watch this one! February 10, 2003
By A Customer
We bought this as a Chirstmas present for our 4 and 6 yr. olds and they love it. It has really helped them feel more confident in their drawing and creativity. They have been able to apply many of the concepts presented to their own art work. I would recommend this to any parent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars part of my childhood March 18, 2007
Format:VHS Tape
my mother must have bought this tape for my brother and i in the early 90's. we were both around eight or nine at the time. to this day i recall the theme song melody.

a great thing about this film is the way that it inspires children to draw regardless of their age or skill level. if i recall correctly, illustrations as simple as dots representing ants are animated and provided a story. the way which ed emberley expresses the ability to enstill life within the most basic of drawings is great for children with imagination and a desire to draw.

if i were to watch this film now i'm positive that it would provide a wonderful sense of nostalgia. over the years i watched it again and again. moving from apartments to apartments to houses. it truly became a part of my childhood. and i have to admit that as a child who loved music the theme song was always one of my favorite parts of the film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Squiggles, Dots & Lines September 24, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Very good video for teaching very basic drawing skills, (perfect for very young grades).
Commercial before the video begins is too long and needs to be fast forwarded if this video is shown in a classroom.
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Ed Emberley presents his 9 item drawing alphabet that any child can use to make better drawings. Emberley is a Caldecott winner. This video was selected as one of the top six children's videos of the year by Parents' Choice/Good Morning America. A top-10 by Billboard. Ed Emberley also created books presenting the drawing alphabet (dots, lines & shapes) but this video is enthralling to elementary age children. Nothing like a video to teach visual arts.

A VHS copy was used about 15 years in my elementary art classroom with grand results. Children watch, listen, and learn to use basic shapes to enhance their drawing skills. They enjoy seeing children of their own age using the alphabet. Kids drawing a detailed pirate ship during the video is inspirational to any age.

A perfect gift for budding young artists. A gift for the art teacher. This is entertainment and arts education packed into a child-friendly 25-minute length. This fundamental art lesson will never be out of date educationally.

WARNING (with a smile): Have paper and drawing/painting supplies handy--they WILL be desired after the viewing.
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