Awards / Reviews for Drawing Power! with Michael Moodoo, Vol. 2: Ultimate Dinosaur Drawing
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Parents' Choice Foundation is a recognized leader in the area of product reviews. The Parents' Choice Foundation recognized "Drawing Power! with Michael Moodoo, Ultimate Dinosaur Drawing" with an Approved Award in 2006.
||Winner of a Parents' Choice Foundation
Approved Award 2006
"Animator and elementary school art teacher Michael Moodoo shows how to use basic shapes to create realistic dinosaur drawings. This program features drawing techniques, fun characters, colorful animation and facts on dinosaur behavior and anatomy. It was named one of the Top 100 Best Children's Products of 2006 by Dr. Toy. Michael Dowell, artist and host of the Drawing Power! series, told TDmonthly the program was created in the classroom "in order to provide fun, informative, step-by-step instruction for viewers."
"Formerly an animator for television shows, artist Michael Dowell of Moodoo Productions demonstrates his love for teaching in the Drawing Power! videos. An enthusiastic learner, he "found that teaching the kids was just as fun, and that their love of learning how to draw was an amazing gift. ... The kids really co-authored the material."
-Toydirectory.com, January 2007
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"The workshop setting in which "Drawing Power!" was developed allowed Dowell to discover the mistakes that 90 percent of kids make, and find "simple, effective ways of allowing them to create realistic and satisfying 3-D drawings."
-TDmonthly.com, November 2006
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About.com, October 2006 - 'FOUR STARS' rating
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“Drawing Power! with Michael Moodoo: Ultimate Dinosaur Drawing... effectively teaches kids how to draw dinosaurs in a manner which is very easy for them to follow. The DVD is geared toward kids 5 and up, but my incredibly impatient 3-year-old little girl watched it and drew right along with Michael. I was amazed at how well she was able to make the shapes he described, creating a dinosaur of her very own. For children who love dinosaurs, this DVD would be the perfect gift.”
– About.com, October 2006
This is the second DVD in a six-part series that features artist Michael Moodoo (AKA Michael Dowell), a professional animator and elementary school art teacher who shows viewers how to use simple shapes to create a variety of dinosaurs, including T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Velociraptor, Brachiosaurus and more. This program combines useful drawing techniques, fun characters, colorful animation and a warm manner of presentation. It also includes useful ideas for classroom projects. Lessons can be accessed by images on the DVD menu, a helpful feature for viewers who are learning the dinosaur’s name. Your child will learn practical drawing tips for creating effective and satisfying drawings. Included are interesting facts on dinosaur behavior, structure and anatomy. Running time 60 minutes. It is appropriate for grade levels K-6 VHS and DVD.
-Dr. Toy, October 2006
"The homespun set, quirky costume and warm unassuming manner of artist Michael Moodoo (Michael Dowell), a professional animator and elementary school art teacher, show viewers how to use simple shapes to draw a variety of dinosaurs ... Dowell imparts his useful drawing techniques with calm, pleasant and unhurried pacing."
-Parents' Choice Foundation, September 2006
School Library Journal, July 2004
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"Animator/art instructor Michael Dowell, aka Michael Moodoo, dressed in a top hat and tails, teaches viewers how to draw basic shapes. Next, he demonstrates how to draw dinosaur body parts, giving these shapes names such as macaroni, bent pipes, and gum drops. All the shapes become part of a dinosaur. In part 2, Moodoo demonstrates how to combine the basic shapes to draw 12 dinosaurs including a stegosaurus, a fighting T-rex, a triceratops, and a guitar-equipped dilophosaurus. Viewers following along may need to hustle to keep up, but the artist is always encouraging and stresses that practice is important. Humorous animated segments of the fully drawn dinosaur close most lessons ... There’s all-out silliness in the final Disco Dinos section, where brachiosaurus holds a disco ball. Viewers will learn how to draw many different types of dinosaurs and will appreciate the emphasis on having fun while drawing.”
-School Library Journal, September, 2006