Google Art Project
- cultural understanding
- evaluating media messages
- using and applying technology
ProsElegantly designed site makes artwork and museums around the world accessible to anyone.
ConsThe ultra-modern navigation system may take some effort to learn, particularly for those new to Google tools.
Bottom LineExtensive access to the world's cherished art collections gives teachers a glimpse at the future of arts education.
Education section is intended for students and offers lessons and assignments related to the collections. Teachers can use the provided content as is or build upon the ideas to create custom class materials.
Common Sense Reviewer
This massive art collection may be daunting at first, but once kids get the hang of it, it's pretty easy to use. Kids will enjoy strolling the hallways of faraway museums and seeing great works in and out of their physical contexts.
A virtual meta-museum provides access to works from hundreds of the world's most prominent collections. There are some great lessons, quizzes, and project ideas. Kids can make and share collections or works of their own.
In true Google fashion, Art Project is thoughtfully designed with features that will be familiar to Google users. The FAQ section has a Visitor's Guide, and the site can be translated into 19 languages with one click.
Teachers will undoubtedly find many ways to integrate this tool into the classroom. Highlights include the Look Like an Expert and DIY sections. The former gives basic lessons on how to look at art with an expert's eye. Mini-articles like "The shape of time" and "How was that made?" introduce art appreciation and history. Each section includes a sort of quiz that gives students a chance to test what they've just read. An interesting Hidden Meanings section links directly to great works and asks students to find specific encoded messages within the art. The answers are provided, but teachers could add their own searches for an additional challenge and test of reading comprehension.Read More Read Less
Google Art Project amasses more than 30,000 great works from real-world collections and presents them in virtual galleries. Kids can search art by museum collection or artist and can browse artists and artworks alphabetically or by user-curated collections.
The site (or Chrome extension) may not be immediately intuitive for all users, so it's helpful to start with the Visitor's Guide video, found in the FAQ section. This video demonstrates the site's features, and the text below expands on common questions like What is the Google Art Project? Students explore galleries by clicking on the little person icon and navigating through virtual spaces using the arrows and magnifier. Image quality varies within the Floorplan views, but all the archives are high-resolution images kids can magnify to see details.Read More Read Less
The future of education is rolled into one platform on Google Art Project. It converges massive databases, high-resolution images, and mapping technology to make art accessible to students everywhere. Kids can connect with particular artworks and artists through a few key interactive features. First, they can search for specific works in Scavenger Hunt, then make their own galleries in YouGallery by clicking a button within each image. Then, when users log into Google, a My Galleries menu appears at the top of the screen for curating, commenting, and sharing with specific people or the whole world. One click translates the entire site into 19 of the world's most spoken languages, boosting accessibility.Read More Read Less
See how teachers are using Google Art Project
- Great Virtual Field Trip or for Use in Art in Elementary!15June 7, 2013
- Travel to Art Galleries Around the World and Become a Curator1Linda G.
North Allegheny School District
Pittsburgh, PA5April 4, 2013
- If there were a website created that I love more than life, it would be this one.Rafranz D.
Lufkin, TX5December 19, 2014
- This is more than a museum; thoughtful teachers can use the art to push student composition skills. The zoom is...TARA W.
Golden Valley High School
Merced, CA5December 3, 2014
- Fantastic art-history resource, lots of inspiration: not without gaps, and can be overwhelmingly broad without...John D.
Luther Burbank High School
Sacramento, CA4November 16, 2014