Teacher Review for Google Art Project

Fantastic art-history resource, lots of inspiration: not without gaps, and can be overwhelmingly broad without guidelines.

John D.
Classroom teacher
Luther Burbank High School
Sacramento, United States
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My Subjects Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
This is a great way to introduce students to the astounding variety of art. Targeting search terms can allow students to explore movements and periods of art independently. The site has been extremely useful in providing inspiration for students who don't know "what to draw."
My Take
This is a way to expose students to works in museums all over the world. Major caveat: some of the work is NSFW (nudes, etc). My district internet filters are a little bit too powerful: some innocent works are blocked. But vigilant supervision is always called for! Also, this is by no means a comprehensive collection: there are gaps and missing works and artists: Maya Lin ought to be here, and Kara Walker is about much more than her sugary "A Subtlety." Finally, the breadth of this collection can be overwhelming. The teacher must create some kind of boundaries, limits, focus for an activity with this site, because the "tyranny of choice"-- the overwhelming limitlessness of the project-- can leave teenagers at loose ends.