Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Go On a Virtual Art Scavenger Hunt in the Google Art Project

One of the most exciting things released by Google in 2011 was the Google Art Project. Yesterday, Google announced a huge expansion of the collections that visitors can view in the Google Art Project. The Google Art Project now contains more than 30,000 images from 151 museums in 40 countries. Of those 151 museums there is now Street View imagery for 46 museums.

For the museums that have Street View imagery just look for the Pegman and drag it to the museum in order to virtually tour it using the same interface style you experience in Google Maps Streetview. Inside the museum just double click to zoom to a location. You can also open a floor plan overview and click on a room to navigate to that part of the museum.

Learn how to navigate the Google Art Project in the video below.


Applications for Education
One of the best parts of the Art Project powered by Google is the option to create your own artwork collection while visiting each museum. As you're touring a museum click on the "pencil and clipboard" icon on any work of art to add it to your collection. To create a collection you must be signed into your Google account. You could have your students go on an art scavenger hunt to create collections of art according to a theme, time period, or artist.