BY JASON DON FORSYTHE

Okay, when I first saw this website (and got a look at its name), I was thinking to myself, “wait…what?” But after taking the time to explore The Country Dog Gentlemen Travel to Extraordinary Worlds, I saw it offers a nice exploration of art history through the use of technology.

In a nutshell, the site looks at famous works of art and the artists who created them through the lens of two really surreal-looking dogs. After you explore the artwork, there is an interactive area where you can create your own artworks based on the famous piece you just explored. It’s easy to navigate and would be appropriate for younger students to self explore.

A caveat about the site — it’s flash heavy with some large images, so it can take a minute for the page to load. Sound is very important to the browsing experience, as the narration is where the educational value really shines.

The Country Dog Gentlemen Travel to Extraordinary Worlds

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