BrainPOP Lessons organized by Topic.

60s Folk

Learn about 1960s folk and protest music, and musicians like Dylan and Seeger!

Analog and Digital Recording

Tim and Moby talk about the technology that records sound: Cds, mp3s, even cassette tapes!

Architecture

You want Architecture? We’ve got Modern, Renaissance, Gothic, Tudor--so how do you like your buildings?

Blues

Delta, Memphis, or Chicago, they’re all part of a uniquely American form of music—the blues!

Brass Instruments

Trumpets, tubas, trombones and that guy Miles Davis: They’re beautifully full of hot air!

Cameras

Everybody’s heard of pixels, images, and lenses—but not everyone knows how photography really works. Tim and Moby do, and you will too.

Clefs and Time Signatures

Take a beat, Daddy-O, and note down some of the basics of musical measures!

Color

Are we on the same wavelength about color? Tim and Moby explain why the grass is green and the sky is blue.

Copyright

Don’t get too creative with public works, or you’ll get sued for plagiarism! Find out what a copyright is and how it might apply to your everyday life.

Country Music

Do-si-do through the history of country music, from Patsy Kline to Garth Brooks.

Cubism

Get a little perspective on the art movement Cubism from Tim, Moby, and Picasso!

Dance

Astaire and Rogers have nothing on Tim and Moby: Learn how movement can become art.

Digital Animation

From computer-generated storyboards right through stills, images, and story. Tim and Moby have the inside scoop on animated films.

Drama

“Exit, pursued by a bear!” Learn about drama through the ages—comedy to tragedy, and ancient Greece through Shakespeare.

Drawing

From doodling around to shading, stipling, and etching—there's nothing sketchy about this movie on drawing!

Elvis Presley

Learn all about Elvis Presley, the singer from Memphis, Tennessee who became the King of Rock n' Roll.

Filmmaking

Whether a movie’s a documentary, a short, or by Spielberg, they all need three things: Lights! Camera! Action!

Frida Kahlo

Like to draw self-portraits? Learn about the influential Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

Georgia O'Keeffe

A look at the life and career of the modern artist who brought you flowers, skulls, and beautiful Southwestern skies!

Graphic Design

Where do those images on billboards, posters, and tv come from? Let Tim and Moby teach you about graphic design.

Harlem Renaissance

From Armstrong to Ellington, and Hughes to Hurston, a time of flowering in African-American culture and arts!

Hip-Hop and Rap

From 1970s block party breakdancing to today’s rhyme moguls, sample this history of hip-hop and rap!

Imagination

Memories, dreams, creativity, perceptions—All part of the world inside your head.

Impressionism

Impressive that all those little painted brushstrokes started such a big artistic movement.

Jazz

Bang those tubs, Hepcats! Learn the history and basics of jazz, from syncopation and sax solos to swing and bebop!

Latin Music

Ready for some salsa—minus the chips? How about the merengue, or a tango? Learn about Latin Music and the cultures that inspired it.

Leonardo da Vinci

This movie paints a picture of the original Renaissance man: sculptor, architect, engineer, scientist, painter and mathematician. Leonardo!

Literary Genres

From comedy to mystery to science fiction, stories come in all different types

Louis Armstrong

Meet the trumpet-playing father of jazz, and find out why his nickname was “Satchmo”!

Ludwig Van Beethoven

He struggled with deafness but rose above it as composer of the greatest symphonies in classical music.

Melody and Harmony

See how a simple tune can turn into a masterpiece with melody and harmony!

Michelangelo Buonarroti

“He’s good but he’s no . . . oh wait, he is Michelangelo!” Learn about the master Italian renaissance sculptor, painter, architect and artist.

Musical Scales

Pitch, Octaves, and Harmonies--get the do-re-mi on how music is made!

Painting

It started with the cavemen (though they weren’t big on abstracts or acrylics.) Get perspective on one of the world’s oldest art forms.

Percussion

Tim and Moby snare that rhythm and tell you all about rappin' a percussive beat!

Photography

From Daguerreotypes to photojournalism to your school picture (aww!), photography shows us how we live.

Pop Art

Through its use of irony, comics, and Campbell’s soup cans, this 20th-century movement turned the art world on its head.

Portraits

Become an art detective: Use visual clues to discover all the things you can learn about a person from their portrait.

Reading Music

Not so sharp on finding the beat? We’ll pitch what you need to know about bass, treble, rhythm, and all the do-re-mi!

Scale Drawing

Learn to use math to scale a drawing so you can create maps, grids, and even buildings that are perfectly proportional.

Sculpture

It’s a relief to have Tim and Moby hammer down some facts about sculpture, from classical busts to surreal carvings.

Strings

This movie really resonates! Pluck, strike, and bow your way into the world of stringed instruments.

Surrealism

Dreams, imagination, and the subconscious + World War I, Freud, and Dali. They all add up to create the weird world of Surrealist Art.

The Beatles

Learn all about the Fab Four and their run as one of the most popular rock bands of all time!

Traditional Animation

From flipbooks to stop-motion, you’ll learn what makes Moby so darn animated!

Vocals

Learn how to sing, yodel, or rap like a pro in this movie about vocals!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Demystifying Mozart, the child genius who grew up to change music.

Woodwinds

The answer, my friend, is blowing on the woodwind! Find out how clarinets and saxaphones make those sweet soulful sounds.