Google Art Project
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A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What 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'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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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.
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