How I Use It
I have used Google Art Project in a variety of lessons with great results. I discovered it when my students were studying creative expression. I was able to search for a variety of types of art from different periods and create my own curated collection to share with my students. I placed the link to my collection on my website so that they could easily access it later for review. Since the art is uncensored and may contain nudity or violent imagery, I appreciate being able to preselect the art to suit my audience.
For a biography research project, many students chose artists. Using Google Art Project, they could search by their artist's name and create a custom collection to include in their presentations.
When searching for a virtual tour of the White House, I discovered that not only does Google Art Project feature great works of art, it also shows the inside of the White House quite nicely. In fact, I prefer it to the official tour. It doesn't go into every room, the Oval Office and Lincoln bedroom are notably absent, but there was certainly enough to satisfy my students' curiosity.
The website is very easy to navigate, but the tours take a little practice. I advise teachers to preview the rooms and test out the tools so you can move smoothly and prioritize where you go and what you see. App Smash Idea: You could also screencast your tour with Screencast-o-matic or Screenr and share the video with students.
Google Art Project is a tremendous resource for viewing art in its context. Users can choose from a large selection of museums and navigate their way through the rooms and halls, floor by floor. Alternatively, you may view a museum's collection item by item, search for art by artist, or use their artworks tool to refine your search by criteria like date, media, and place. The images are high resolution and can be saved into collections you create yourself. Collections can be shared via link, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ hangout.