Fractals & Chaos Assignment for 3/17

Notes for in class today:

First and importantly: I must move the date of our art show gallery opening to Tuesday, March 21. Please bring your snacks and such on Tuesday, not Monday (though if you do bring them on Monday I can probably store them until Tuesday).

You need to submit your fractal designs by the end of this period. Use the Printing from FractaSketch Online to take screenshots of your designs and crop to your satisfaction. For printing, I recommend you insert the images into a Google Document to make adjusting their resolution easier, as printing the images themselves tends to make them come out ridiculously blown up (though you might try duplicating two or four to a page and just trimming with scissors). Please also send your images to me at

You are expected submit a design into at least three categories of: Fern, Tree, Spiral, Artistic, and Realistic. I hope everyone will be submitting more than that minimum, and you can also have more than one submission within a category, but you must pick one as your “official” submission and any others as “additional”. On the back of each paper, write your name, the category that fractal goes to, and whether that fractal is the official submission to that category or an additional work. Please also indicate on the back which end is up so that I can be sure to display it properly, and write a title if you have one (I encourage these for the Artistic and Realistic categories especially).

You should also submit one template, printed in color (or traced in colored pencil) for one of your official submissions.  I’ll be combining these for a fun template matching activity that we’ll do during the gallery opening in addition to voting on favored designs.

Submit all of your images with the half-sheet of paper I gave you at the start of the FractaSketch playing process on Friday. I’ll work on posting them in the hall outside the room over the weekend or on Monday evening.

This weekend, please read this article from The Guardian about fractals found in the writing of James Joyce and other authors as well as All Your Life’s a Fractal on the Livemint blog about similar work analyzing Shakespearean sonnets. Follow the link in that article to Tran and Clark’s findings. You should be pretty stunned to see what patterns develop.



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