Common Sense Review
Updated February 2013

Google Art Project

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Massive online global collection makes art accesible to all
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Common Sense Rating 5
  • Floorplan view maps galleries using familiar Google Street view tools.
  • Use the image viewer to browse online collections from hundreds of museums.
  • Tutorial videos give an overview of the site’s features.
  • The DIY section gives suggestions like building a room around a selected work of art.
  • Discover new artists and share instantly to a range of social media sites.
Elegantly designed site makes artwork and museums around the world accessible to anyone.
The ultra-modern navigation system may take some effort to learn, particularly for those new to Google tools.
Bottom Line
Extensive access to the world's cherished art collections gives teachers a glimpse at the future of arts education.
Amanda Finkelberg
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 5
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

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.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 5

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.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 5

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.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

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.

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What's It Like?

Editor's Note: Google Art Project no longer exists as a standalone website. It's now part of Google Arts & Culture.

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. 

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Is It Good For Learning?

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.

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