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Squiggles, Dots & Lines [VHS]

4.4 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews


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Product Details

  • 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: #531,828 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com

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

From the Back Cover

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!

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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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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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Five stars! My kids loved this when it was new, so I took a chance when I saw it on DVD. It encourages creativity in a way that makes you want to try what he's doing. My grandkids will love this and so will the kids I work with every day. I am so glad it is available!
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O.K. I read the other reviews and almost did not spend the $10 on it but it was WELL WORTH the price. I am a K-2 art teacher and wanted something for an art party. I mix things up and wanted to introduce Ed Emberley's system of the Shapes Alphabet. I started by fast forwarding parts that I thought they would not want to see but the kids protested and really loved it. I showed it to about 15 classes and without exception, hands down they were into it. I then downloaded a few of his shapes alphabet characters. The kids could see how in the video the point wasn't that it was the only way to draw but just one way to look at things. Ed Emberley's technique is empowering to even my most timid artists. Smiles on all the faces and great variety. I encouraged kids to choose one animal and do it in Emberley's style and then put it in a world of its own, or a setting and it made for a great class. If you are working with young kids this is a great video. Not sure about older ones by 5, 6, 7 and 8 years for sure.
And indeed they loved the corny kid actors the most!! Go figure.
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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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