Joseph Nathan Cohen

Department of Sociology, CUNY Queens College, New York, NY

Folk Art

Generating images in the style of Folk Art art.

This post is an installment in the Generative AI Art Style series, a practical knowledge project designed to help content creators fine-tune the aesthetics of their generated images by references to and descriptions of popular art styles.  Click here to read more on the project.

This page depicts the results of mentioning Folk Art art in your prompt. Click here to learn about this project

Click here for this visual art style’s Wikipedia page

Generated Thick Descriptor (via Chat-GPT 4): Folk art is a visual expression of culture and tradition, often created by untrained artists or craftspeople. Recognizable by its simplicity, it generally holds pragmatic significance over decorative purpose. Folk art is often characterized by bright, bold colors, recurring motifs, and simple, unrefined forms or shapes. Materials employed tend to be commonplace and natrually available. To create art in this style, opt for simplicity in design, use traditional routines, and consider incorporating cultural or community symbols or stories. Craft each piece by hand to maintain the inherent uniqueness this style values.

Human Observation.  This style was abandoned after the first iteration of images created. 

The table below depicts New York City’s Times Square and Northern Ontario’s Lake Kenogamissi. The left column shows the results of a “thin” prompt, in which the style was requested in name only. The right column shows the results of a “thick” prompt, in which the generated prompt was used.

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These images show what Generative AI renders when one requests that an image be rendered in well-known art styles. This series does not purport to describe major art styles as understood in the art scholarship community. If you have expertise in art and want to explain why these images do or do not capture the essence of these fields, then please do so in the comments section below.