So many things are happening with Artificial Intelligence right now; much of it is generative AI artwork.
This week my students are using Adobe Firefly in a generative AI art competition being held in my classroom. Some. of them had extensive lessons in Adobe Photoshop last spring. Yesterday, they reminded me that I had told them that in a few years they could do in a click what was taking them weeks to do. And then one of them laughed and said,
“Back in my day…. last spring. It would have taken weeks to do in Photoshop what Firefly can do in seconds.My student after a class period using Adobe Firefly.
We all laughed. But that is how much it is changing and how fast!
Generative Art Generation Coming to Your Favorite Slide Creation Program
Recently Google Slides added generative AI. I applied for the Google Workspace labs program (you can too – I used my personal Google account to test this.)
I'm eager to test this feature inside PowerPoint with Copilot, which is coming to many this fall sometime. Canva already has this with their text-to-image feature. Of course, this has all kinds of questions for creators.
Some Typical Prompts for AI Art Generation
Additionally, I've bought some books on artistic styles and terminologies because knowing the words to use is part of making AI art generation accessible to our students (and ourselves.) I'm also asking my sister who is a professor at SCAD lots of questions.
- Artist: ____ In the style of ____ artist. (Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, da Vinci, Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Peter Paul Rubens, etc.)
This is one of the prompts with artists up at arms (and well it should), for you can also say “write in the style of” and insert a person's name. Or you could say, “write a script for a (insert popular series here),” which is much of why the writer's strike is happening. AI is at the center of Intellectual property debates everywhere.
“As Actors Strike for AI Protections, Netflix lists $900,000 AI Job”The Intercept – Reporting on Hollywood's Controversy on AI – a reading assignment worth discussing
- Medium: Oil painting of _____ (pastels, acrylics, watercolor, pencil sketch, charcoal drawing, photograph, 3d rendering, cyanotype, linocut etc.)
- Styles: Cyberbunk Style, unreal engine 5 style (or any style), impressionist, film nior, photorealistic, futuristic
- Portrait: A portrait of something
- Types of art: Fantasy, Surreal, Nature, Medieval, Pixel Art, architectural rendering, photorealistic, fractal art, ferrofluid
- Inspiration: Pop icons (another controversial and sometimes not available tool), aliens, video game monsters
Many ideas are out there for generating AI art, and the more you know the terminology and educate your human intelligence (HI), the more accessible AI art generation is to you.
Teaching About AI Art
1. Start with QuickDraw
Steve Dembo gave me this one at ISTE. I started with QuickDraw, which recognizes doodling along with the curriculum from the MIT Media Lab on AI ethics. I adapted their first Introduction to AI slide deck to incorporate Quick Draw and teach of data sets.
2. Understand Our Inability to Detect AI-Generated Artwork
We then headed into:
- This Person Does Not Exist
- Finally to Which Face is Real so my students could understand that they really are not as good at detecting faces as they think.
3. Discuss Reality Monitoring and Our Inability to Detect Real from Fake Anymore
In class we have discussed the article Deep fakes: can you distinguish between fake and genuine photos? and a concept called “reality monitoring.”
Again, more on Adobe Firefly later. But right now, I just wanted to mention that AI art generation -ethics and all – is here.
In psychology, we use a term called “reality monitoring” for how we correctly identify whether something is coming from the external world or from within our brains. The advance of technologies that can produce fake, yet highly realistic, faces, images and video calls means reality monitoring must be based on information other than our own judgments. It also calls for a broader discussion of whether humankind can still afford to default to truth.
It’s crucial for people to be more critical when evaluating digital faces. This can include using reverse image searches to check whether photos are genuine, being wary of social media profiles with little personal information or a large number of followers, and being aware of the potential for deepfake technology to be used for nefarious purposes.
The next frontier for this area should be improved algorithms for detecting fake digital faces. These could then be embedded in social media platforms to help us distinguish the real from the fake when it comes to new connections’ faces.Manos Tsakiris – Professor of Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London
4. Ending up in Adobe Firefly (Which is Free for Now)
I've taken them much further, and now we're creating in Adobe Firefly, but that will be a blog post for later this week. Let's just say I turned this photo.
Into this one in 20 minutes on my first try. I will do it faster the next time because I'll know how to do it.
Sure, my hands look funny, and I forgot to take off my Apple Watch. But I did need to make something quickly to compete in our AI Art contest. (If you want the Canva template for this, here it is.)
Today in class, we'll be looking at our creations and seeing who has created the most realistic, most humorous, most creative, most outlandish, and best overall creation. (If you want those award templates on Canva, grab them here.)
We cannot wait to talk about this. The time is now.
5. AI Guidelines Discussion
Here's my current guideline poster for AI use. This may change — and certainly, I'll write about this more as well. Right now, my approved AI search assistant is Perplexity. AI – hat tip to Alec Couros for telling me about that one.
We have a verse we use about being wise as serpents and harmless as doves. We will use things to help us be wise while never using them to cause harm. Education is the way forward as well as developing the human intelligence and moral compass to wisely steward the incredible gift we are being given to improve humankind and not erode our trust in one another.
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