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Learn Through Videos: Arts

This is a collection of links to educational videos about artists and arts, which are made for a general audience. The videos listed in this collection include lectures and documentary films about artists, visual arts, architecture, performing arts, and art history. They explore hundreds of different paintings and sculptures; look at why humans developed imagery or visual art and how visual art has influenced society; trace the story of music from the ancient world to the modern day; show how elements such as melody, rhythm, and texture create an infinite variety of sounds; explore beautiful and precious man-made objects in the world; and explore the history of photography. And also they tell stories about the lives and works of great artists.



Art Through Time: A Global View
Take a trip across the world and back through the ages to experience the art of many cultures and historical periods.

Art Across the Ages
This surveys Western visual art through history from the prehistoric cave painting of hunting scenes to the startling perspectives of Postmodern paintings.

How Art Made the World
This is a BBC documentary series presented by Dr. Nigel Spivey, looking at why humans developed imagery or visual art and how visual art has influenced society.

The Secret of Drawing
This is a four-part BBC documentary series presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon, exploring how drawing has shaped our lives.

Art of the Western World
Magnificent masterpieces of the Western world are presented in their cultural and historical settings.

Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark
This is a BBC documentary series written and presented by Kenneth Clark, outlining the history of Western art, architecture, and philosophy since the Dark Ages.

Landmarks of Western Art
This is a six-part documentary series that provides a comprehensive record of the greatest achievements in the history of western art from the medieval era to the post-impressionist world.

Exploring the World Music
This shows how elements such as melody, rhythm, and texture create an infinite variety of sounds and serve as expressions of culture.

How Music Works
This is a four-part documentary series presented by Howard Goodall, looking at the four basic elements that make music work: melody, rhythm, harmony and bass.

Howard Goodall's Story of Music
This is a BBC documentary presented by Howard Goodall, tracing the story of music from the ancient world to the modern day.

Howard Goodall's Big Bangs
This is a music documentary presented by Howard Goodall, looking at five of the great breakthroughs that European music has experienced in its extraordinary history.

The Art of Teaching the Arts
This is an eight-part professional development workshop for use by high school dance, music, theatre, and visual art teachers.

The Tribal Eye
This is a seven-part BBC documentary series presented by David Attenborough, exploring the emotions which lie behind the masks and decorations of primitive people.

The Miracle of Bali
This is a three-part BBC documentary series narrated by David Attenborough, about the culture of Bali.

Hidden Treasures of African Art
Is there such a thing as pure African art? Griff Rhys Jones travels to West Africa to see whether there is such a thing as pure African art.



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