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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.

Summer Art and Architecture Camps

Combining creativity with academic relevance, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s innovative Summer Art and Architecture Camps give students the opportunity to think and work outside the box. Located at Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and desert laboratory, the Summer Art and Architecture Camps will encourage students to explore, create, and design in the significant setting. Students will see how their unique ideas can have a true impact on the world around them, as they engage in the fun and educational activities.

Full and half-day camps are offered to students in grades 2-12 throughout the summer, but the Foundation offers year-round education opportunities and field trips to the National Historic Landmark.

A limited number of scholarships are available for qualifying individuals. To apply, please complete the scholarship application form.


Questions? Please see the camp FAQs.

Learn more about the Foundations education programs by contacting Director of Education, DeDee Ludwig-Palit, at

Taliesin West Summer Art & Architecture Camp: Building a Dream…

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

Posted by Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation on Friday, June 16, 2017

Architectural Discovery

While in the Architectural Discovery camp, younger students will explore various aspects of architecture and learn about some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous architectural concepts. Architecture-based activities and projects will promote the students’ creativity and imagination, while explaining the different patterns in nature and how the patterns influence architecture. Students will also get the opportunity to make an abstract art piece inspired by Wright’s stained glass. (Limited to 20 students)

Grades 2-4


July 16-20, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Photographing Wright

The landmark architecture of Taliesin West is the backdrop for a weeklong photographic journey. Local Arizona photographer Andrew Pielage will guide students in capturing the Sonoran Desert and National Historic Landmark around them.  Students learn the tools needed to best utilize a camera including aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, while applying creative approaches to composition, image framing, and the challenges of light and shadow. (Limited to 10 students)  Students must provide their own fully manual camera and corresponding USB cable. It is highly encouraged that students provide their own laptop for editing photographs.

Grades 7-12


SESSION 1: JUNE 25-29, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

SESSION 2: JULY 30-AUGUST 3, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.



Design Your Dream Space

Students become junior architects as they use art, math, science, and language to create innovative spaces. This immersive program takes students through the steps of architectural creation – from concept to execution – of a fully detailed three-dimensional model of their own compact dream space. Dealing with the needs and desires of clients, environmental and sustainability concerns, and questions about color and style are part of the daily life of an architect. Students will discover how careful consideration each of these elements contribute to a great design. (Limited to 20 students)

Grades 5-8


Session 1: June 4-8, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Session 2: June 25-29, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Session 3: July 30-August 3, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.




Wright for the Future

Students explore 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.  As the student’s research exciting, newly constructed concept buildings and cutting-edge architects, they’ll work in teams to develop thoughtful plans for cities of the future. (Limited to 20 students)

Grades 6 – 9


Session 1: June 11-15, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Session 2: July 9-13, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.



Designing for Mars

Camp participants will study the planet Mars while they collaboratively tackle some of the same challenges confronting scientists in their effort to travel and live on Mars.  Students will learn about Wright’s futuristic concept of Broadacre City, as they investigate how to create a new community that meets their needs for food, water, power, and shelter. At the end of the project week, the students use their 2D plans to create a 3D model their new colony on Mars.

Grades 5-8


Session 1: June 18-22, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Session 2: July 23-27, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.



Camp FAQs

Do I have to register in advance?

Yes, advance registration for a camp session is required. Registration will close at 8am the Thursday prior to the camp start date.

Is prior experience needed for this camp?

No, prior experience is not needed for this camp.

Does the camp take place indoors or outdoors?

The camp takes place primarily indoors; however, there will be daily instances where campers will be outdoors. We advise that campers bring a water bottle.

Is the classroom air-conditioned?

Yes, campers will be working in air-conditioned spaces at Taliesin West.

Will camp still be held in case of bad weather?

Yes, camp takes place rain or shine.

What should campers wear?

We recommend comfortable clothing and shoes, along with a hat and sunscreen.

Does my child need to bring anything?

No, all materials for this camp will be provided. We recommend that campers bring a bottle of water, sunscreen and a hat for the portion of camp that takes place outdoors.

Is lunch provided?

Snacks are provided for all camps regardless of length.  Lunch is provided for camps that run from 9-3.

What is included for lunch?

The menu for lunch changes daily. We do have a refrigerator on site for children who prefer to bring their own lunches.

Are the classrooms at Taliesin West 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.

Is before or aftercare available?

No, we do not offer before or aftercare for any of our camps.

Are parents required to sign a liability waiver?

Yes, all parents/legal guardians must fill out a liability form for each attending camper.

Do you offer member discounts?

Yes, we offer a 10% discount on the camps for Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Members. Please note that members must show proof of membership at check-in.

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is pleased to offer scholarships for Summer Art and Architecture Camps to selected, qualifying individuals. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out this form.

What is the cancellation policy?

Refunds are made up to one week prior to the event, minus the $50 registration fee. After this, no refunds will be made, except with written physician verification. Refunds are not given for dismissal due to behavioral, emotional, or physiological situations occurring at camp.

Can my child with special needs attend?

Contact the camp director to discuss the strengths and limitations of campers with special needs prior to the first day of camp. The camp director will communicate with you to discuss if this is the best placement for your child, and any modifications or accommodations that we accommodate.  Depending on a case by case basis, staff may ask that a 1:1 aid accompany the camper in order to ensure supervision at all times. For the safety of other campers and staff, staff has the right to deny admittance to camp for any camper that may pose a threat to the health and safety of other individuals.

What if I’m late picking up my student?

If you are more than 15 minutes late to pick up your child, you will be charged $15 for every 5 minutes past pick-up time, based on our clock.

What are drop-off and pick-up policies?

An adult must come up to the camp leader to drop-off and pick-up campers each day.  Only authorized adults, as specified, may sign a child out of camp.

Field Trips

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.


1.5 hours


$5 per student, $10 per chaperone, teachers are complimentary

Reserve now

To schedule your school group tour contact Donna Yeaw at 480.627.5375 or


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

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.

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