Fractals & Chaos Assignment for 10/16

Your fractals are due today! A reminder of what I want from each person:

  1. The Fractal Art Show flyer, with your name and notes about official vs. additional submissions, folded in half around the rest of the papers below.
  2. One completed design in three of the following categories.
    • Spiral
    • Tree
    • Fern
    • Realistic
    • Artistic
  3. On the back of each design, you should write the following:
    • Your name
    • The category of submission
    • A title (for realistic and artistic categories especially)
    • A note or arrow indicating which way is up
    • Whether the submission is an “Official” submission, to be considered in an above category, or an “Additional Work,” which will be included in a sixth category for works beyond your three official submissions
  4. The template for one of your official submissions. This is for a game we will play to “pin the template to the fractal,” i.e., match which template goes with which fractal design. To do this on a Windows computer, I recommend using the Snipping Tool, instructions for which can be found here. On an Apple computer, just press the Command (⌘)-Shift-4 to turn the cursor into a crosshair and click/drag a box around just the part of the screen you want to copy.
    • Please note that I want the template that you created (with the arrows), not what Stage 1 looks like. So use the grid screen, but turn the grid off before taking your screenshot.

If you have not yet already, please sign up here to bring a small snack item to share with others at our FractaSketch Gallery Art Show on the 19th.

And for Tuesday, you should read Pollack’s Fractals, an article from Discover Magazine about the math underlying Jackson Pollack’s famous paintings.  For some interesting follow-up reading, check out this article from the New York Times about the use of fractal analysis to examine the authenticity of supposed Pollack paintings and this article from the Science Daily blog suggesting that such an analysis is not scientifically valid.

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Fractals & Chaos Assignment for 10/12

Please sign up here to bring a small snack item to share with others at our FractaSketch Gallery Art Show on the 19th!

For Friday, read this article from Nature about the connection between fractals and the famous Rorschach inkblot test.

And don’t forget that your designs are due on Monday, October 16th.  On the 16th, I will be collecting the following:

  1. The Fractal Art Show flyer, with your name and notes about official vs. additional submissions, folded in half around the rest of the papers below.
  2. One completed design in three of the following categories.
    • Spiral
    • Tree
    • Fern
    • Realistic
    • Artistic
  3. On the back of each design, you should write the following:
    • Your name
    • The category of submission
    • A title (for realistic and artistic categories especially)
    • A note or arrow indicating which way is up
    • Whether the submission is an “Official” submission, to be considered in an above category, or an “Additional Work,” which will be included in a sixth category for works beyond your three official submissions
  4. The template for one of your official submissions. This is for a game we will play to “pin the template to the fractal,” i.e., match which template goes with which fractal design. To do this on a Windows computer, I recommend using the Snipping Tool, instructions for which can be found here. On an Apple computer, just press the Command (⌘)-Shift-4 to turn the cursor into a crosshair and click/drag a box around just the part of the screen you want to copy.
    • Please note that I want the template that you created (with the arrows), not what Stage 1 looks like. So use the grid screen, but turn the grid off before taking your screenshot.

 

 

Fractals & Chaos Assignment for 10/11

For Friday, read this article from Nature about the connection between fractals and the famous Rorschach inkblot test.

And don’t forget that your designs are due on Monday, October 16th.  On the 16th, I want you to print and submit the following:

  1. The Fractal Art Show flyer, with your name and notes about official vs. additional submissions, folded in half around the rest of the papers below.
  2. One completed design in three of the following categories.
    • Spiral
    • Tree
    • Fern
    • Realistic
    • Artistic
  3. On the back of each design, you should write the following:
    • Your name
    • The category of submission
    • A title (for realistic and artistic categories especially)
    • A note or arrow indicating which way is up
    • Whether the submission is an “Official” submission, to be considered in an above category, or an “Additional Work,” which will be included in a sixth category for works beyond your three official submissions
  4. The template for one of your official submissions. This is for a game we will play to “pin the template to the fractal,” i.e., match which template goes with which fractal design. To do this on a Windows computer, I recommend using the Snipping Tool, instructions for which can be found here. On an Apple computer, just press the Command (⌘)-Shift-4 to turn the cursor into a crosshair and click/drag a box around just the part of the screen you want to copy.
    • Please note that I want the template that you created, not what Stage 1 looks like. So use the grid screen, but turn the grid off before taking your screenshot.

Fractals & Chaos Assignment for 10/10

By tomorrow, read Why Fractals are So Soothing, a January, 2017 article written by Florence Williams for The Atlantic about some work done by physicist Richard Taylor (and his magnificent hair).

And don’t forget that your designs are due on Monday, October 16th.  On the 16th, I want you to print and submit the following:

  1. The Fractal Art Show flyer, with your name and notes about official vs. additional submissions, folded in half around the rest of the papers below.
  2. One completed design in three of the following categories.
    • Spiral
    • Tree
    • Fern
    • Realistic
    • Artistic
  3. On the back of each design, you should write the following:
    • Your name
    • The category of submission
    • A title (for realistic and artistic categories especially)
    • A note or arrow indicating which way is up
    • Whether the submission is an “Official” submission, to be considered in an above category, or an “Additional Work,” which will be included in a sixth category for works beyond your three official submissions
  4. The template for one of your official submissions. This is for a game we will play to “pin the template to the fractal,” i.e., match which template goes with which fractal design. To do this on a Windows computer, I recommend using the Snipping Tool, instructions for which can be found here. On an Apple computer, just press the Command (⌘)-Shift-4 to turn the cursor into a crosshair and click/drag a box around just the part of the screen you want to copy

Fractals & Chaos Assignment for 10/5

Read this New York Times’ article about Benoit Mandelbrot by tomorrow.

Also, we have decided that your FractaSketch designs are due by Monday, October 16th.  On the 16th, I want you to print and submit the following:

  1. The Fractal Art Show flyer, with your name and notes about official vs. additional submissions, folded in half around the rest of the papers below.
  2. One completed design in three of the following categories.
    • Spiral
    • Tree
    • Fern
    • Realistic
    • Artistic
  3. On the back of each design, you should write the following:
    • Your name
    • The category of submission
    • A title (for realistic and artistic categories especially)
    • A note or arrow indicating which way is up
    • Whether the submission is an “Official” submission, to be considered in an above category, or an “Additional Work,” which will be included in a sixth category for works beyond your three official submissions
  4. The template for one of your official submissions. This is for a game we will play to “pin the template to the fractal,” i.e., match which template goes with which fractal design. To do this on a Windows computer, I recommend using the Snipping Tool, instructions for which can be found here. On an Apple computer, just press the Command ()-Shift-4 to turn the cursor into a crosshair and click/drag a box around just the part of the screen you want to copy

Fractals & Chaos Assignment for 9/20

Per yesterday’s post: Think about the concept of dimension. When we say something is “2 dimensional,” what do we actually mean? Also, consider this: we usually use a piece of paper as an example of something 2-dimensional, but we know it really isn’t. It has a thickness to it. So is there anything in our 3-D world that is truly 2-D? Or 1-D? We’ll revisit this tomorrow.

In class you got information about the Fractal Art show. The actual show and deadlines for submission will be determined later, but the gist is this: everybody is expected to make a submission into three of the following categories:

  • Fern
  • Tree (or other bushes, shrubs, or “grass-like” images)
  • Spiral
  • “Realistic” (any other natural phenomena)
  • “Artistic” (any other pattern or design)

You may submit more than three, but you will designate three as your “official” submissions. You will also submit an image of the template for one of your three submissions.

On the day of the Fractal Art Show, we will check out each other’s artwork and vote on our favorites in each category. I will be inviting past Fractals & Chaos students as well as teachers to cast votes as well. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each category.