A giant griffin swoops down on a ship full of men wielding scimitars and flags.

Have you ever explored the Fairy & Folk Tale images in Frankenstories?

They're mostly Creative Commons images from early 20th century artists such as Arthur Rackham and Kay Nielsen. Beautiful images, but visually muddy because of their age, and a little opaque to modern-day kids.

Arthur Rackham's Goose Girl illustration. Beautiful, but maybe a bit drab for most kids.

I had some idle time between sessions at the PETAA conference in Melbourne this week, plus I have access to the new DALLE 3 & ChatGPT combo, so I tried cranking out some images from fairy and folk tales from around the world, using contemporary illustration styles (or fresh passes at traditional styles).

The results are pretty striking, so if you are teaching upper primary or simply want to try a new image collection, take a look at the new Frankenstories image theme called Fairy & Folk Tale NEW:

A robed bearded man conjures bubbles from a glass bottle. Mosaic lamps hang from the roof of the cavern. Fish swim outside.

We have images from European tales such as Snow White, Rapunzel, The Frog Prince, plus images from a few 1001 Nights tales such as Sinbad and Aladdin, plus images from other Asian, African and Middle Eastern tales (though I found that the more mythological the story, the less the images seem amenable to a Frankenstories-style random writing prompt).

In front of a bright rainbow, a bejeweled spider dangles above a golden vase engraved with geometric patterns. Out of the vase spill golden fibres, dotted with dew that sparkles like gems

There are no preset prompts or text prompts to go with this; it's just a new image theme for you to play with.

If there are scenes from a particular tale you'd like to see added, let us know.

And if you're interested in the image generation process for these, I've included some notes in a separate news post.

A brightly coloured illustration of a young man fitting a glass shoe on a young woman's foot. Other women look on in shock.

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