Rethink Art Creation with Artificial Intelligence (LS-PT-754)


In a classroom where art, history, and technology intertwine, we venture into a unique exploration of the impact and possibilities of Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI). This journey is set against the backdrop of the breathtaking work of impressionist master, Claude Monet. By inviting our students into this nexus, we cultivate not only an understanding of Monet’s artistic contribution but also an insight into how AI might interpret, reproduce, and even advance such creativity.

The Scenario

Our learning scenario invites students to dive deep into the realm of digital cultural heritage. Through the lens of generative AI, we guide our learners to reimagine Monet’s timeless masterpieces. This strategy is not only a novel approach to fostering technological literacy but also a conduit for promoting an appreciation for art history and stimulating creativity.

From Impressionism to Algorithms

To start off the exploration, students first delve into the study of Monet’s work, focusing on his unique techniques and the principles of impressionism. Understanding the depth of Monet’s craft forms the foundation for the subsequent journey into the world of AI.

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Image generated by MidJourney

Next, we introduce the concept of Generative AI, explaining how algorithms can learn patterns, styles, and techniques from existing data and create new content based on these learned parameters. As part of the hands-on experience, students will use AI tools to generate their own Monet-inspired paintings.

This is an important approach for students to develop awareness regarding these tools.

Interdisciplinary Learning

This interdisciplinary method provides a unique opportunity for learners to engage with a variety of subjects – art, history, computer science, and ethics – in a practical, immersive manner. The outcome is a broadened perspective, a deeper understanding of the relationship between technology and art, and an opportunity to engage with critical thinking on the potential future of AI in our society.

Reflecting on Art and AI

An integral part of the learning scenario is reflection. Students are encouraged to contemplate the artwork created by AI: Can it be compared to the depth of a human artist’s work? How does it impact our perception of creativity and originality? What are the potential implications of these technologies on future art generation and preservation?

The Future of Education

The fusion of AI and art in this learning scenario challenges traditional educational boundaries. It allows us to demonstrate to our students how advanced technologies can coexist with, and indeed enhance, our cultural heritage. Moreover, it prepares our students for a future where digital literacy and creative thinking become increasingly vital.


The exploration of Generative Artificial Intelligence through the prism of Claude Monet’s work paves the way for an enriching, forward-thinking educational experience. This initiative pushes the envelope of traditional pedagogy, allowing students to make meaningful connections between past, present, and future. As educators, it’s exciting to see the incredible impact that such an integrated learning experience can have on our students’ engagement, creativity, and overall understanding.

Join us in this novel exploration as we voyage into a future where AI and art merge, and together, let’s shape the way we look at advancements in education.

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CC BY-SA 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana and has been provided by the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere.

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