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ART 26 — AI as a Creative Partner: Exploring the Dynamic Relationship between Artists and AI

Quarter: Summer
Instructor(s): Brett Amory
Duration: 6 weeks
Format/Location: Live Online
Date(s): Jul 23—Aug 27
Class Recording Available: Yes
Class Meeting Day: Tuesdays
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Class Meeting Time: 6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Tuition: $375
   
Refund Deadline: Jul 25
 
Unit(s): 1
   
Enrollment Limit: 35
  
Status: Open
 
Quarter: Summer
Day: Tuesdays
Duration: 6 weeks
Time: 6:00—7:50 pm (PT)
Date(s): Jul 23—Aug 27
Unit(s): 1
Format/Location: Live Online
 
Tuition: $375
 
Refund Deadline: Jul 25
 
Instructor(s): Brett Amory
 
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
 
Enrollment Limit: 35
 
Recording Available: Yes
 
Status: Open
 
This course is designed to help artists in drawing, painting, and other traditional media learn to harness the potential of artificial intelligence as a creative partner. By exploring the convergence of traditional art and cutting-edge technology, students will discover how collaborations with AI can enhance and expand their artistic practice in unexpected ways. The course will emphasize practical applications that enable the exploration of new artistic territories while upholding the integrity of traditional techniques. We will explore the dynamic relationship between digital and physical objects, highlighting the significance of their collaborative process. Students will also learn how language models can aid in the conceptual aspects of artistic practice, from writing artist statements to generating cohesive guides for artistic ideas.

Students will be encouraged to transcend their creative boundaries and venture beyond their established comfort zones. The course will provide a secure and supportive environment conducive to experimentation with novel ideas and approaches, where students can freely learn from one another and contribute their unique perspectives. Through hands-on exercises, artistic explorations, and thought-provoking discussions, students will develop valuable insights and skills to elevate their creative endeavors, producing unique, AI-aided artwork that pushes the boundaries of traditional art practice.

No prior experience with AI is required. This course is accessible to seasoned artists and curious beginners alike. Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course, the cost of which will depend on students’ individual needs.

BRETT AMORY
Lecturer in Art Practice, Stanford

Brett Amory is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice is rooted in the intersection of quotidian and habitual engagements with the everyday world. Working primarily in painting and installation, he explores unnoticed moments and how digital technology reshapes them. Through his art, Amory navigates the complex relationship between the physical and digital, highlighting both the connection and disconnection inherent in contemporary life. Amory’s work has been shown nationally and internationally, including at the National Portrait Gallery, London; the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh; the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Indiana; and the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. He was an artist in residence at San Francisco’s de Young Museum in 2017. Amory received an MFA from Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.