Funding for arts and music is in jeopardy in many schools across the nation as public education budget cuts continue. Despite the cuts, there is one creative way that teachers can educate their students about art history without leaving the classroom — the Google Art Project. The Google Art Project is an online database of 150 collections in 40 countries.
In one minute, students can visit New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and view the famed "Starry Night" by Vincent Van Gogh. In the next minute, the entire class can virtually travel to the Musee’ D’Orsay in Paris and view works by Manet, Renoir, Gauguin and Rodin.
Although there’s really no substitute for seeing art in person, students can zoom in tight and view small subtle details in the pictures that aren’t always easy to see when you visit in person.
The Google Art Project isn’t just limited to famous historical pieces of art; the project also allows visitors to take a virtual tour of the White House. Tours of both today’s White House and also a tour of the Kennedy-era White House of the 1960s are available on the site.