Frank Lloyd Wright changed the way we build and the way we live. We use Wright’s revolutionary design concepts and buildings at Taliesin West to educate and inspire people of all ages, challenging them to understand and embrace innovation in their own lives.
Combining creativity with academic relevance, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s Field Trip programs give students the opportunity to think and work outside the box. Located at Taliesin West, Wright’s winter home and desert laboratory, the visits will encourage students to explore, create, and design in the significant setting.
New field trip programs and resources are coming soon!
Field Trip Tours
Our tour program focuses on organic design, Wright’s works in Arizona, the architecture of the site, and how to apply this to the future. Frank Lloyd Wright’s talent for creatively linking indoor and outdoor spaces is on display in this engaging one-hour tour. Stops include visits to the “Garden Room,” the drafting studio, the Music Pavilion, and the Cabaret Theater, Kiva, and Wright’s private office, all of which highlight the dramatic beauty of Taliesin West’s landscaped grounds and desert masonry structures.
Reservations are required three weeks in advance for all school group tours.
$5 per student, $10 per chaperone, teachers are complimentary
To schedule your school group tour contact Donna Yeaw at 480.627.5375 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions, please see the field trip FAQs below.
For all other questions about the Field Trip programs, please contact Director of Education, DeDee Ludwig-Palit, at email@example.com.
Field Trip FAQs
When should we arrive?
Please check into the bookstore 15 minutes prior to the tour or program start time.
What should we bring?
Tours take place both indoors and outdoors. Comfortable clothing and shoes are advised, along with a hat, sunscreen, and a water bottle. During rainy days please have students wear rain coats.
Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark built between 1937 and 1959. As such, it was not designed or built to contemporary accessibility standards. The pathway for tours are not all paved and include gravel walkways, uneven steps and stairs. Narrow, steep-sloped ramps over steps are available for guests to use at their own discretion throughout the tour. Ramps are 26” in width with slopes ranging from 21 to 27 degrees.
Do you have lunch facilities?
We do not have an onsite location to store or eat lunches.
Summer Art and Architecture Camps
All sessions of Summer Art and Architecture Camps have ended for the season. Camp will resume in June 2018. Updates regarding the 2018 camp season will be posted in January.
Information below reflects 2017 Summer Art and Architecture Camps.
Hear why Ben is loving his summer Art & Architecture Camp at Taliesin West! Ben and his fellow campers are creating amazing dream homes, surrounded by the beauty of Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert laboratory. There are more camp opportunities available at Taliesin West this summer. Learn more at FrankLloydWright.org/camps.
Posted by Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation on Friday, June 16, 2017
While in the Architectural Discovery camp, younger students explored various aspects of architecture and learn about some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous architectural concepts.
The landmark architecture of Taliesin West was the backdrop for a weeklong photographic journey. Local Arizona photographer Andrew Pielage guided students in capturing the Sonoran Desert and National Historic Landmark around them.
Design Your Dream Space
Students became junior architects as they use art, math, science, and language to create innovative spaces. This immersive program took students through the steps of architectural creation – from concept to execution – of a fully detailed three-dimensional model of their own compact dream space.
Wright for the Future
Students explored how to respond to real world challenges such as global warming, pollution, new trends in energy and communication technologies, advancements in construction methods, and new modes of transportation in this project-based camp.