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, Wright’s winter home and desert laboratory, the 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.
All sessions of Summer Art and Architecture Camps are complete and have ended for the season. Please continue to visit this page and the Taliesin West events calendar for updates on programs for kids and families.
For information on programs for kids and families at Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, please visit our partner organization Taliesin Preservation
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. Architectural Discovery is limited to 16 students. (Grades 2-4)
Session 3: July 24-28
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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. 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. Photographing Wright is limited to 8 students. (Grades 7-12)
Session 1: June 19-23, Session 2: July 24-28
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. Design Your Dream Space is limited to to 20 students. (Grades 5-8)
Session 1: June 12-16, Session 2: July 10-14, Session 3: July 31-August 4
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 students research exciting, newly constructed concept buildings and cutting edge architects, they’ll work in teams to develop thoughtful plans for cities of the future. Wright for the Future is limited to 20 students. (Grades 5-10)
Session 1: June 19-23, Session 2: July 17-21
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Hats are recommended
- Comfortable clothing and shoes are advised
- Camp is primarily indoors; however, we will be walking throughout the campus a bit each day
- Sunscreen and water bottles are recommended
- Snacks will be provided for all camps
- Lunch will be provided for camps that last from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
*The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation will not be held responsible for any personal items lost or stolen.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the camp start time at the table outside the bookstore. Parents/legal guardians must complete sign-in for the attending camper.
Other Education Opportunities
In addition to the summer camps, the Foundation offers year-round education opportunities and field trips to Taliesin West. Please contact Director of Education, DeDee Ludwig-Palit, at email@example.com for more information.