Google Art Project

 

Learning(i)

Vast collection of global art brings the museums to you.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kids are encouraged to develop an appreciation of art and explore their own interpretations of meanings and themes by creating their own galleries to study or share.

Violence

As with any exposure to fine and classical art, some works explore themes that may be considered violent.

Sex

Partial and full nudity is common in fine art. There are no protection settings for these types of images.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some paintings may contain images of drinking and smoking, although rare.

Privacy & safety

In order to create collections and share, users must login with a Google account -- but this isn't required for browsing. Galleries can be set to private or public. Users can share galleries, collections, or individual artworks via Google+, Facebook, Twitter, and email. Users don't interact with each other on the site.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the Google Art Project amasses more than 30,000 great works from different real-world collections like The Art Institute of Chicago or The Tate and presents them in virtual galleries. Kids can browse artworks either on the webpage or by exploring a map (like Google's Street View) of the museum itself. High-resolution images mean you can get a closer look at these digital images than the paintings themselves. Kids could see nudity or depictions of violence in these classic works.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • drawing
  • painting
  • sculpture

Skills

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • evaluating media messages

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

This massive art collection may be daunting at first, but once kids get the hang of it, it's pretty easy to use. Kids will enjoy strolling the hallways of faraway museums and seeing great works in and out of their physical contexts.

Learning Approach

A virtual meta-museum provides access to works from hundreds of the world's most prominent collections. There are some great lessons, quizzes, and project ideas. Kids can make and share collections or works of their own.

Support

In true Google fashion, Art Project is thoughtfully designed with features that will be familiar to Google users. The FAQ section has a Visitor's Guide, and the site can be translated into 19 languages with one click.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • drawing
  • painting
  • sculpture

Skills

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • evaluating media messages

Kids can learn about art and art history as they visit some of the world's finest and largest collections without paying museum admission, travelling abroad, or even leaving the comfort of their own homes. Kids can tour museums by thumbnails or take a virtual walk through its gallery halls. They explore images in detail, read submission text, peruse collections or create their own collections through their Google+ account. While this isn't quite a trip to Rome, it does open up a world of possibilities in virtual art travel. Extensive access to the world's most cherished collections lets kids explore and discover the joys of fine art.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Finkelberg

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What's it about?

Browse 30,000 artworks by collections, artists, artworks, or user-submitted galleries. Explore galleries by clicking on the little person icon and navigate virtual spaces using the arrows and magnifier. Kids can make their own galleries when logged in to Google by clicking a button within each image and curating collections. The site may not be immediately intuitive for all users, so it's helpful to start with the Visitor’s Guide video, found in the FAQ section.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Google Art Project is a look ahead at the future of art education. The project converges massive databases, high-resolution images, and mapping technology to make art accessible to kids and adults everywhere. With access to works from hundreds of the world's most prominent collections, visitors can delve into art appreciation and history without setting foot outside. A nice selection of activities and lessons make it a fantastic resource for beginners and experts alike.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about which artworks kids are drawn to and why. What piece of art is most interesting to you? What about it do you like?

  • Visit the DIY section to get some ideas about how to mash-up and interact with the works in the collection. Visit our tips for Creating with Digital Media to learn why creating skills are so important to kids today.

  • Pick a theme and curate a collection around it using works from Google Art Project. Don't name the gallery but share it with friends and see if they can guess what you were going for.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Topics:Arts and dance
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free

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