European Art 2.0 an etwinning project 2020/21


Module 4-2: Presenting European Art

Did you think that brush and canvas, pen and paper and theatres and concert halls were things of the past? The digital world is opening new ways for the arts to express themselves. Explain the new methods of access to European works of art, to literature and to the music of centuries gone by.

For more information visit our Twinspace

We participated in EU Code Week 2020 with an arts animation activity

How digitalisation helps promote European art

What creative digital approaches open new ways to enjoying art created centuries ago?

Our project curates a great variety of digital material. We share this with our school communities to raise our peers' interest in arts. Our collections can also be used as teaching material.

Virtual exhibitions

Lots of museums provide access to their collections online. We have collected some of these in this map.

For more information visit our Twinspace and the map.

Immersive exhibitions

Immersive exhibitions blend digital creations with real places. The space around the audience is the art work and the audience becomes part of it.

You can find our collection of immersive exhibitions HERE

With the help of digital technology the immersive experience can be brought into the sky and raise even more people's interest in art.

The immersive approach also works with music - what if we could see music and be part of a space filled with musical colours?

360° Virtual Reality

Put on your VR glasses and enjoy art

We have collected more VR experiences for you HERE

As you can see, the VR approach also works with music.

Augmented Reality (AR) in Museums

AR applications allow people to connect with exhibits on multiple levels and thus revive the audience's interest in art.

You can also check these videos on the Milan Museum of Augmented Urban Arts , NYC AR Art Show.

Websites you shouldn't miss

Europeana and USEUM offer exhibitions, activities and lots of material licenced under creative commons for free download. Arty Teacher allows you to search for artists according to a theme. Open Culture intoduces you to a great variety of free cultural and educational media.

The Europeana online advent calendar , for example, invites people all over the world to discover a piece of art every day in December.


Europeana also offers an educational chatbot that interacts with visitors and guides them through the curated material.


Google Arts & Culture is a great learning resource with exhibitions and interactive experiments.

Van Gogh Worldwide is a project where Dutch museums unveil more than 1,000 artworks by Vincent Van Gogh. Rijkmuseum has made more than 700,000 artworks available for free online.

Photography effects used on masterpieces of the past

Applying photographic effects like tilt shift to masterpieces of the past, modern artists highlight the mastery of artist like Van Gogh. By blurring the background the viewers' attention is drawn to the vivid colours and artistic expertise.


For more information read this text or check these photos

Digitally rendered modern artwork


You can find more Instagram accounts dealing with Vincent Van Gogh HERE andHERE, or read this article.

Video games used by museums

You can use more on how museums use video games to promote art HERE and HERE.

Classical music in video games

Many children and teenagers have their first contact with classical music through video games.

Line videos illustrating classical music

Some people watch those videos beause of the fun illustrations and doing so are exposed to classical music.

Deep Fakes

Deep fake AI technology can bring artists and artworks to life, and thus make more people interested in art.

How digital tools allow interaction with art

Digital tools allow interaction with art works und thus raise people's interest in art.

We have tried several activities.

visual crosswords

Google Arts & Culture offers picture crosswords on several levels. Not always easy, but a great learning experience.

screenshot: https://artsandculture.google.com/experiment/visual-crosswords/JwGOLSD8LODzyQ 

Colouring books

The Google Arts & Culture colouring books allow you to colour paintings with just some clicks. Apart from that you can compare your choice of colour with the original piece of art.

#ColourOurCollections Europeana provides colouring books for download. Find your colouring tools and get started HERE with the colouring book for the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

Download more colouring books on Women in History, Art Noveau, For Grown-Ups.

Analyze the colours of artworks and find the connections between them


Follow this LINK and find the hidden relations in art.

Explore an interactive map of art


Would you like to know where to find artworks according to their topic or artist? Follow this LINK and choose where to go.

X degrees of separation

Discover the visual connection between two artworks.


Zoom in

Digitized pictures allow you to zoom in. That way you don't have to travel to a museum to see all the details. Try this hyper resolution image viewer and enjoy a painting at the Rijksmuseum.

Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase, with Shells, Balthasar van der Ast, Mauritshuis, public domain

Maybe you see even more than when looking at the original painting.

Try this activity to see yourself and read this article to find out about Dutch proverbs in a painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

Play with details

In this Spot the difference activity the Europeana team have added small details to eight digitized paintings and invite viewers to spot what has been changed.


Remix cultural heritage

The GIF IT UP contest invites people to remix material provided by Europeana and create gifs.

original source used in gif: https://www.europeana.eu/en/item/2021672/resource_document_mauritshuis_957

You can find our gifs, as well as instructions how to make a gif HERE


Puzzles allow you to playfully interact with art. We used the material provided by Europeana to create puzzles. You can play Ships in the Roads HERE.

More of our puzzles as well as instruction on how to use Europeana can be found in our Twinspace.

arts games


use AI to create like an artist

This website allows you to create like Mondrian.


Here you can feel like the next Jackson Pollock.


photo editors


augment your reality

Merge Object viewer

Using the Merge cube and the Merge Object viewer app you can bring art to live, explore different perspectives and put it into different surroundings.

play the piano with AI

See how music can be created with the help of machine learning. You can play a duet with an AI HERE.

play the infinite drum machine

Find out machine learning would organize sound. You can play music or learn about code HERE

Blend beats using machine learning

Explore and create beats in a playful way, using machine learning HERE

Celebrating Bach

In this interactive Google doodle AI will hamonize your note Bach-style. You can also read about the technology behind the doodle.


Check one of our creations HERE or HERE.

Chrome Music Lab

More than a dozen experiments invite you to playfully interact with sound. You learn about rhythm, harmonics, sound waves, oscillation, pitch, cords, having fun at the same time.



Create experimental new sounds with machine learning HERE


create compositions with MuseNet

Create 4-minute compositions with 10 instruments HERE


Hear the sound of the text you type


Listen to an example HERE and try yourself HERE

How digitalisation supports learning and helps students present their work on art

Digital tools allow us to learn about art and present our learning in engaging ways.

How we can create and share lesson plans

Digital tools allow teachers to collaborate all over the world and provide students with excellent learning resources.


Digital platforms allow streaming and sharing art and instruction. Check these Great Art Explained videos or a collection of material offered to support the understanding of an opera, or try one of the many drawing tutorials offered.

How students can present their learning

Create news about art or an artist


Create social media posts


Create learning apps and games


You can find the games we created HERE. We also added some of our games to our advent calendar.


There are lots of quiz apps you can use for creating fantastic learning experiences, e.g. bookwidgetKahoot, quizlet, quizizz, wordwall, . You find a collection of our games HERE

Create an advent calendar


There are several digital advent calendar tool, adventmyfriend, tuerchen which allow you to create an online calender with your content. We used our calendar to share games on European art.

Create a scavenger hunt or breakout game, using several digital tools

When you try this one, don't forget to collect the letters you will need for the final task.

Try to escape from the rooms our multinational teams have created HERE.

Create collaborative online presentations

Several applications, e.g. Google slides, prezi, adobe spark allow you to work collaboratively on presentations and share your work with your community. You can start from scratch or chose from a wide range of templates available.


We adapted a template by Slidesmania and created a virtual exhibition with the GIFs we had made using public domain material provided by Europeana.

You can also watch part ofour presentation on Youtube. Digitalization makes global sharing of your work possible.

Bring art to life using AR

Quivervision app

You can fill the dot with several artworks, experiment with colours, backgrounds, etc. The template can be downloaded HERE.

How artificial intelligence creates art

Can creations made by Artificial Intelligence be called art?

Using vast amounts of data and machine learning make AI art possible. On the one hand artists use AI as a tool, on the other hand artists/programmers/anyone interested train machines so that these machines create art.

Let's take a closer look at some examples.

In this video an artist explains how he uses AI to create art.

Here you can watch a virtual reality artist at work.

This artwork does not exist

Whenever you visit this website AI creates a new art work.


Machine learning

Programmes and algorithms, written to analyse art, improve through experience and create art themselves.


Listen to "Genesis" Symphonic Fantasy in A minor and Common Humanity, also created by AIVA ((Artificial Intelligence Virtual Artist).

Would you like to try AI composing? Follow this LINK

EMI (Emmy)

The EMI (Experiments in Music Intelligence) software can create music in the style of various composers. Not only the music, but also the animation below was also created by AI.

Emily Howell

Emily Howell is an interactive interface based on EMI that builds feedback from the listeners into its (her?) compositions.

Created By
Andrea Ullrich