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PHOTO 80 — Beyond the Canvas: Exploring AI Art

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Oct 9—Nov 13
Time: 7:00—9:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 11
Unit: 1
Tuition: $385
Instructor(s): Joel Simon, Jane Kriss
Limit: 60
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Closed
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Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—9:00 pm (PT)
Oct 9—Nov 13
6 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 11
1 Unit
Joel Simon, Jane Kriss
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
AI art. What is this magical new tool, and can it enrich our creative process? For the first time ever, computers are able to generate images based on simple word descriptions. WIRED magazine describes these new AI art algorithms as “engines of wow.”

In this introductory course, we will explore the potential of AI as a creative instrument and help you develop the skills to produce your own AI-generated art. From basic techniques for creating photographic and painterly images using mainstream, user-friendly applications to exploring the dynamic partnership between the human artist and the computer, this course will take you on a journey into this exciting and innovative field using hands-on exercises, artistic experiments, and collaborative discussions.

Everyone has the capacity to be creative. Using AI, our course will invite you to discover and develop your own creative potential. Join us in exploring this brand-new, groundbreaking visual tool that is changing the arc of art history. Whether you are an artist looking to explore new techniques or are simply interested in the intersection of art and technology, you will leave the course with an improved understanding of how AI-generated art can expand your creativity and enhance your artistic practice.

No previous experience in art, photography, or programming is required to take this course. All that is needed are basic computer skills, curiosity, and a desire to learn.

Documentary and Fine Art Photographer

Joel Simon studied with Leo Holub and has worked as an editorial and fine art photographer for four decades. He has lectured on more than 65 trips with Stanford’s Travel/Study program. His work has been published in Vanity Fair, Time, GEO, Condé Nast Traveler, STANFORD magazine, and Sunset. His work can be viewed at joelsimonimages.com.


Jane Kriss has over 40 years of experience in the visual arts, with a career spanning graphic design, fabric design, fine art, and illustration. Her work can be viewed at janekriss.com.

Textbooks for this course:

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