How I Use It
This school year I have implemented 'Museum Monday' where every Monday I take my students on a 'virtual field trip' to a different museum. Google Art Project allows me to take students to different museums around the world that they would never get to visit in person. It gives them a true virtual field trip as they can 'walk' through the halls and see the artworks as they are displayed on the walls.
Some of the paintings in each museum are zoomable to a point that you would never be able to do even if you did see them in person. You can zoom up to the point of seeing each and every brush stroke of a painting. This has been really interesting to my students this year as we can see the thickness of the paint on Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' and the individual dots on Seurat's 'Sunday Afternoon on LaGrande Jatte.'
This has transformed my classroom this year as my students are beginning to truly understand the work that artists put into their paintings and the difference in art styles and how artists approach mediums.
Google Art Project has taken museums from around the world and recreated them in a virtual environment to allow students to 'walk' through museums that they may never get to see otherwise.
Google has gone a step beyond this though and created scans of paintings to a detail that allows you to zoom in to see individual brush strokes and details of a painting that you would never be able to see even if you did see them in person.