Friday, April 10, 2015

Schools ! Explore Google Street Art

Rostos do Muro Azul, Lisbon, Portugal
fetus by Rodolfo Santos (a.k.a. Another), child by Alexandre Ferreira (a.k.a. RAF)
It's not the first time I write about Google Art Project in education. Google Art Institute mission is to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. 
"The Cultural Institute is an effort to make important cultural material available and accessible to everyone and to digitally preserve it to educate and inspire future generations."
Today, I would like to share with teachers and students Google Street Art.
Artists from around the world cover streets with technicolor murals. Street art transforms public spaces into open-air galleries, adding vibrancy to urban landscapes. 

Circling Birdies by Cheko, Granada Spain
Google Street Art added 5,000 images of street art in June 2014, and last March 17, 2015 it it has announced that it will doubling the number of street artworks available in high resolution to over 10.000, working in tandem with 86 art organizations from 34 countries.

Google is working with over 80 different organizations from 34 countries on the project. It allows us to experience the often transient artworks in every shape and form from stencil and mosaic to installations and collage.
"But using the city as a canvas often means these artworks are here today, gone tomorrow. With the Google Art Project, we’re working to preserve this ephemeral art form and make it available to fans around the world, anywhere and anytime."

A major aim of the project is virtual preservation. As with performance art, documentation is key. Not all of the work can be attributed, but click on an image to see what is known. 

Icy and Sot
Rochester NY
Such a wonderful digital resource for educators and students! What a great inspirational to Arts teachers and students.
  • Teachers can choose the place, city or country, by using the map to create a gallery and preparing some lessons.
  • Students can explore the world galleries of Street Art, to open a debate in the classroom about Street Art. Perhaps they will find some Sreet Art from their own city, country.
  • It’s easy to add images to a collection of your own class making that can be shared with other classmates or saved for private inspiration. 
  • Students have the opportunity to explore all images  now available on the Google Art Project Chrome extension, Chromecast, Android Wear and mobile devices.
  • They will use their mobile devices: tablets, phones. They can get some apps.
  • Students can listen to the stories behind thr piece in street art views. 
  • Students and educators have the option to create and share their 'own artwork collection' while visiting each place. They must be signed into a school Google account or their own Google account that they can use in the classroom.
Curriculum : Arts ; Arts & Design, cross-curricular

Target: Secondary education; Vocational education; Higher Education.

Devices & Apps : Tablets ; phones + apps 

Herakut @Artotale, Germany
Some thoughts:

Students love Street Art. Sometimes they do some grafitti on the walls of the school (nobody knows who did it).

How many times, in the classroom we share interesting themes: literature, music, arts. Street art as well.

Often students make some photos of street art and we discuss the images, exploring the ideas/message on the grafitty or Street Art works. And we linked with some literary texts.

Oh! Just another important thing. They use their device! Ya!
Using a phone or tablet, they take a tour of places like Indian Alley in LA or learn about the East Side Gallery in Berlin, Rostos do Muro Azul in Lisbon (Faces in the Blue Wall).

Some apps could be interesting. Take a look with your students.

Google Street Art is offering a new way for teachers and students to discover and explore art that often goes under-appreciated around the world by bringing it to a new medium that will outlive the original canvas.

Cultural institutions like Turkey’s Pera Museum, Hong Kong’s Art Research Institute, and street art projects based in such hubs as Rome, Paris, Sydney, Bangkok, and Portugal have pulled together official collections of photos and videos.
One of my first hits was “Circling Birdies” by Cheko (above). Located in Granada, Spain, it’s one of the existing works Google has turned into a GIF with some light, logical animation.

Have fun ! You will have awesome lessons using Google Street Art. So many stories to discover, to listen, to explore. Don't miss it!



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