28. Recreational Computer Graphics

Half-Day, 8:30 am - 12:15 pm
Level: Beginning
Room 253

Computer graphics provides tools for expanding our imaginations, exploring the natural world, and creating stunning shapes, images, textures, and patterns. This course looks at seven diverse topics that use graphics in surprising ways to help us enjoy the wonder and beauty of the world we live in: solar halos and sun dogs, soap bubbles, Fourier polygons, camera shutters, Celtic knotwork, and aperiodic textures. In the last section of the course, an origami exercise gives attendees an opportunity to build beautiful Platonic solids by simply folding paper.

An inquisitive mind, an alert imagination, and a ready smile. Otherwise, no prerequisites. Those familiar with graphics will get a little more out of a few of the topics.

Intended Audience
People with active imaginations, curiosity, and interests in the natural and human-made worlds and their visual phenomena. Anyone who wants to go beyond the user's manual and use the principles of graphics for discovery, invention, and understanding.

Organizer and Lecturer
Andrew Glassner
Coyote Wind Studios