Cole LaPlante's Project 4
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Cole LaPlante Project 4


The purpose of this project was to become more familiar with lists and graphics objects. We had to create a scene in a very different way than we have before, using lists to compile all the simple shapes to create a complex one. We then had to use return functions to be able to draw the complex shapes all together in a scene.

Task 1:

I had a lot of trouble with making the complex images scalable with the new shape functions and I think the new coordinate system, and I just couldn't figure out a way to make the scale factor create a complex image in a larger size. I did trial and error for hours, but I don't know why I couldn't make it work because it always seemed correct; I don't think I can wrap my head around how the scaling really works with shapes that aren't simple.

Task 2:

I was successful in creating my surrealist scene, but I usually don't like making the individual small shapes without knowing the design beforehand, so when I made the scene, I realized it would be extremely hard and somewhat illogical to scale the complex shapes I had (house, hills, sun, hay). I tried with the house, but inserting *scale just destroyed the picture. I made the command line argument decide whether the picture would be night or day, because I didn't see any other options that made sense and would largely keep the picture the same.


  1. My understanding is that an object is a string that python understands if you import that object into the code. They have parameters and pre-set methods, and the way that the object performs depends on the values that you input into it. 
  2. Either before or after you draw the object, you have to type the name you have given to that specific object that will be drawn (rect = gr.Rectangle()), and then use rect.setFill("color").
  3. The variable is the window that the object will be drawn in. You have to create a window and assign the objects that you want to be drawn to that window for it to work.
  4. I chose Louis P. Grumieaux, because he drew a simple house with hills and nature in the background, and I wanted to draw a scene that didn't have people in it because I have no idea how I would draw people on python.


I learned that lists can be helpful with creating complex scenes, and I learned how to use graphics plus objects. I think that I also learned how hard it is to create the scaling for very complex images.