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Educational but Not Condescending
Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2015
This is my son's favorite show! Here is why I love it too:
1) It's extremely educational in a non-condescending way. The program showcases actual artistic techniques and movements (pointillism, Dadaism) as well as masterworks by historically significant artists (Van Gogh, Picasso).
2) The show features live-action segments where kids do projects that you can recreate at home with your own child. We have done a few; they are extremely easy, cost little to no money, and are a ton of fun for both child and parent!
3) There is an overarching theme that "there are no mistakes in art." I find that this helps encourage kids to take more chances and not be so intimidated to do art projects.
4) The main characters are good to one another. I find this missing in most children's programming, but those produced by Angela Santomero (e.g. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood) seem to make this a priority. Arty's (the main character) family is loving and spends time together, and he and his friends all try to help one another. In this way, it reinforces empathy, kindness, and other similar values.
5) It is extremely colorful and cute, and it moves at a good pace. So much children's programming is far too fast, but Creative Galaxy manages to incorporate dialogue and music without rushing.
6) For parents, it is fun to hear the voices of the characters - these include Brooke Shields, Jason Priestley, and Cloris Leachman.
Overall, this is a 5-star show, which I hope runs for many more seasons. Way to go Amazon for offering this exceptional children's programming!
On a side note, my son loves this show so much that he wanted to be Arty for Halloween. There were no costumes to buy, so I made one for him by using techniques I saw on the show! I attached a picture for anyone who wants to do the same.