In a recent blog post, I shared my impression of the Becoming Vogh show at the Denver Art Museum. Van Gogh became my teacher in absentia through this wonderfully curated show and I was fortunate to be in Denver when it was happening.
Since it’s not always possible to visit museums, I’ve been looking at online resources for viewing and interacting with art and artists appropriate for use in the classroom. In this post I am sharing Google Art Project.
As an educator and artist who loves looking at art and using the arts in the classroom, I have found Google Art Project (GAP) to be an amazing and addictive resource. The images on the site are in high-resolution so you can see the artwork in exquisite detail.
To get started with Google Art Project, let’s begin by taking a wild ride through some of the museums GAP allows us to visit and look closely at a sampling of the art and artifacts housed in these museums.
As you can see, GAP is a remarkable collection of art from museums around the world. The site opens up the world to us. While we can’t take students on a field trip to the Louvre we can take them there virtually. You and your students can roam the galleries and look closely at artworks that are housed there. If you’re studying portraits and want to create your own gallery of portraits you can visit countless museums virtually- from the Metropolitan in New York to the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia- and collect paintings for a portrait gallery that you can use in the classroom. A world of art is at your fingertips.
However, navigating this online platform can sometimes be frustrating so I have created a screen cast which I hope you will find helpful. There are several ways to search for artists and artworks on the site and I am going to show an easy way I’ve found.
So now, take your own tour of Google Art project, look for artworks by your favorite artist and invite your students in to look closely at the world of art and artists. Let me know what you discover.