Centre for Digital Humanities


CDH workshop (hybrid) by Lia Costiner: Digital Creativity in the Classroom, an Introduction to AI Image Generation

Event details

18 October 2024
11:00 - 12:00
Hybrid: Utrecht University Library (room 0.21) & Online

Dr. Lia Costiner, Assistant Professor in the History of Art (Digital Art History) at Utrecht University, will deliver a brand-new workshop on AI Image Generation for teachers. Do you use images in your teaching? For example, in your PowerPoint presentations and other course materials? Are you curious how to get your students more engaged by using AI tools? Then you are very welcome to join this workshop on ‘Digital Creativity in the Classroom, an Introduction to AI Image Generation’ either in person or online.

This introductory session is designed for educators eager to explore the potential of AI image generation tools. Participants will gain a foundational understanding of these technologies, learn how they function, and discover how to effectively integrate them in the classroom to enhance student understanding and engagement.

The session will begin with an overview of AI image generation technologies, covering the core principles behind their development. Attendees will then explore the practical aspects of these tools, and experiment with their functions.

This taster session is designed for teachers with little to no experience with these tools and will appeal to those teaching courses that rely on visual sources.


Dr. Lia Costiner is an Assistant Professor in the History of Art (Digital Art History), focusing on late-medieval and early-modern visual culture and digital methodologies. She trained in the History of Art at the University of Oxford (MSt and PhD) and in Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University (BA) and MIT.

In the field of digital humanities, Lia leads a number of collaborative projects that use computational techniques to analyse visual and material culture (paintings, manuscripts, objects) and explores ways of engaging with new mixed reality technologies in teaching and research. She currently leads two projects supported by the Netherlands eScience Center, and the NWO Open Competition XS.

While at Oxford, she founded and led the international (En)coding Heritage Network, and co-leads, the Oxford X-Reality Hub, the central point at the University of Oxford for project development, innovation and engagement with mixed reality technologies. At Utrecht University, Lia launched, together with members of the department, and collaboratively spearheads a similar initiative dedicated to the use of digital technologies for the study of art and culture, the Digital ArtLab. She is also a member of the Utrecht Young Academy.


No prior experience with GenAI or AI Image Generation is required. The workshop is designed for teachers with little to no experience with these tools. The workshop will be in English.


Participants should bring their own laptops. No preparation is necessary for this workshop.

For whom?

This workshop is open to all educators who are interested in joining either in person or online.


  1. In-person:
    Please complete the registration form below. Register early to secure your place, as spots are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
    If you find yourself unable to attend after completing registration, we kindly request that you cancel your registration by sending an email to cdh@uu.nl, allowing us to offer the spot to another participant. Thank you for your cooperation.
  2. Online:
    To attend the seminar virtually, complete the registration for the Teams webinar.