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."
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.