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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Search Paintings Around the World

Paintmap.com is a great example of combining art and technology. Paint Map is part search engine, part artwork sharing, and part Google Map. The way Paint Map works is artists submit images of their paintings, write a description of the where the painting was made, and then plot that location on a Google Map. Paint Map offers a commenting system through which visitors and artists can interact. There is a search bar on Paint Map's homepage that visitors can use to search through the nearly 500 paintings on Paint Map.

Applications for Education
Paint Map could be a useful tool for art teachers and art students. Paint Map provides students with a global context of the paintings they view. Students can explore Paint Map to see what artists around the world are creating and the possible geographic influences of those artists. Paint Map can also give students a chance to share work their work with a global audience.

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