Google Art Project is a wonderful tool for families wanting to share great art with their children…or just for their own enjoyment and education. I posted a few ideas back in November in Part 1 (Using Google Art Project for Artist Study) of this series and now I am ready to post Part 2 with a new idea for you to try.
Google Art Project is the product of great museums around the world sharing their artwork with all of us. The main framework for the Google Art Project is the collection from each museum. You could use this framework to one by one “visit” each museum over a period of time, browsing the images like you would if you actually visited the museum in person.
Using Google Art Project for Picture Study – Museum View
- Go to Google Art Project.
- Click the little person icon in the top left corner and this should take you to the list of museums: Museums on Google Art Project.
- Find a museum to explore. I chose MoMA: The Modern Museum of Art.
- Click “Details” next to the museum’s name at the top and this will give you information about the museum itself.
- Now is the exciting part! Click the person icon next to the Details button and you will get a “street view” of the museum where you can actually move from room to room as if you were there in real life! It takes a bit of practice but you can move around the collections available for viewing using the arrow keys on the screen and then zoom in on paintings.
- If you want to explore a specific painting, click the “Details” button and you can zoom in close enough to actually see the individual brushstrokes. Again, if you hit the little person icon, it will tell you where it is in the museum (floor and room) and you can view it actually hanging on the wall. I always love looking at the frames and then noting how large the painting is in real life. You can then see what is hanging to the left and right of the painting to give you a little more of the feel of actually being at the museum in person.
- One last idea for you to try while working within a specific museum. Do you know where the museum is located in the world? Google Art Project makes it easy to discover this out. When you click on the museum’s details, there is a Google map that you can zoom out and see where it is found…along with a link to the museum’s website for additional information if you actually want to go there sometime in person.
Have fun trying out the various features of Google Art Project! It has so much potential and will give your artist study some real life..perhaps even lead to a goal to visit one of the museums in person and see a painting you have viewed with Google Art Project!
Have you used Google Art Project yet in your artist study?
You can read part one of this series:
Using Google Art Project For Artist Study
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