Too busy to take in the debut of a new art exhibit? Not enough cash in the savings account to travel overseas and peruse famous pieces from the National Museum of Mongolia?
With its new Arts and Culture website and app, Google has given the world the ability to visit these museums and exhibits from the comfort of home.
The Arts and Culture App gives online access to tens of thousands of unique pieces. Google has partnered with thousands of museums worldwide, spanning more than 70 countries.
There are a few drawbacks to the app, including the inability to order art supplies and lack of a human touch. In spite of these minor issues, Google has also transformed art education, allowing students to recreate global treasures from a digital classroom.
Learn how to use Google Arts and Culture App for an interactive art education experience.
What is the Most Impressive Feature of the Arts and Culture App?
Most people are familiar with Google street view, which allows you to panoramically view specific cities and towns at the ground level. Thanks to the Arts and Culture App, this capability is now extended to museums.
Using the app, students can take a virtual tour of thousands of museums at the ground level.
Students may retain a small percentage of the information learned in an art history book. However, the experience of digitally touring a museum is a significantly more powerful learning tool.
When students view a piece of art, they can click on it and a detailed information box will appear. Students can then zoom in on the art to inspect and analyze important features.
What Information and Art is Available and How to Search for it
There are many ways to use the Arts and Culture App. When it is first accessed, the user will see featured stories and projects on both current and former classics.
The amount of information available is extensive and powerful. While a textbook has limits, the Arts and Culture App has the unlimited search power of Google behind it.
Search options include, but are not limited to; artist, museum name, country, style, color, timeframe, among many others.
For instance, simply search “Chinese Watercolors,” and a multitude of exhibits, pieces, and related material will be available for consumption.
Ordering Art Supplies is Among the Few Drawbacks with the App
There are a few areas where the app has room to grow.
It could be a powerful tool to link the shopping capability of Google with the Arts and Culture App.
For instance, users could see what type of paint or material was used in a certain piece. The information box that appears would link to vendors that sold those art supplies used in the piece.
Other criticism is that sometimes broad-termed searches do not yield the expected results.
Moreover, the vast amount of information available leaves out the human touch. It is hard to decipher what is important or not.
Ultimately, the Google Arts and Culture App is still an amazing resource. There are far too many features to cover in one article. The best way to comprehend its complete capability is by getting hands-on with the app.