How I Use It
I have and will use the art featured in the Google Art Project as subjects to write about. Before I knew about the Google Art Project, I might direct kids to a version of a painting and ask students to interpret the art. Essentially, I would ask students to development an argument about what is happening in the painting. This was often problematic because I would project the picture, and students would struggle to see the detail necessary to use evidence from the painting in support of a claim. Now I can direct the kids to the Google Art Project where many works on art can be zoomed in to the brushstroke level. Furthermore, I am a huge fan of the work of George Hillocks. In his book Narrative Writing, he discusses using art to teach individual writing skills such as writing about action and developing character through description. His work suggested use Pieter Bruegel the Elder to teach. I might provide a painting like Children's Games and ask kids to describe action using verbs figuratively. The details provided for each painting are needed because kids are often curious about what the heck is going on. Google Art Project allows for users to create galleries; I am currently building galleries for quick access to these works of arts that I can use in instruction. I can add text captions to the galleries with instructions for students. The Google Art Project also has a compare feature that am excited to try out by asking students to find two works of art on the same subject such as Icarus. They can write about similarities and the differences.
This is the best tool that I have come across for kids to really zoom in on the details of works of art. Because kids can look closely, they can comment on more of the detail painting to serve as evidence for a claim. The galleries are going to be very helpful for me in curating art. I can make private galleries with text captions with my reflections on how well the work of art worked in a given lesson. I must say that I wish that there were more options for visibility with the creation of galleries. Right now I can have a public or a private gallery. I wish that there were an option for a gallery that ANYONE WITH THE LINK CAN VIEW. That would be ideal for me.