This summer, explore architecture, science, engineering, art, and photography at Camp Taliesin West!
Campers will learn from the principles of Frank Lloyd Wright and then apply them to their own projects and adventures.
Located at Taliesin West (both onsite & virtually!), Frank Lloyd Wright’s Arizona home, Camp Taliesin West encourages participants to explore, create, and design as they engage in fun and educational activities.
Both in-person and virtual camps begin in early June with a variety of session choices in July & August. Serving youth from 7–16 years old. See below for details.
Virtual Summer Camp
Combining creativity with academic relevance, the Foundation’s innovative camps give students the opportunity to think and work outside the box. Virtual Camp will continue to encourage students to explore, create, and design with specially designed activities to work on from home. Each camp session will last for two weeks, and will include a 1 hour live zoom call with a Taliesin West educator from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (MST), Monday-Friday.
Price for Virtual Camp:
$100 general public, $90 members
Four (4) different Virtual Camp sessions to choose from:
Design Your Dream Space: Beginner
Taliesin West Campers spend a week of dreaming up architecture through this project-based camp! They’ll search for the best building practices through experimental designs and on-site examples of Frank Lloyd Wright’s organic architecture. Using cutting-edge apps on provided iPads, they will create computer generated floor plans and 3D renderings of their very own dream space. By the end of the week, campers will have gained the architectural knowledge needed to design a space conducive to the climate and environment of their choosing. Finally, campers will make their dream space a reality by building scale 3D models of their designs.
Design Your Dream Space: Advanced
Campers accelerate from designing their dream space to becoming junior architects. Dealing with the needs and desires of clients, environmental concerns, and sustainable practices are part of the considerations of an architect. Campers will discover how to incorporate each of these elements into their final designs. Mimicking the design process an architect follows—the sequence of concept to execution—campers will create full detailed 3D scale models of innovative community spaces they dream up. This camp also features an architect guest speaker and behind-the-scenes knowledge of the architecture at Taliesin West.
Begin an adventure into Frank Lloyd Wright’s world of design and engineering! In Architectural Discovery, campers interested in designing will discover new architectural theories each day. By exploring Wright’s design concepts, campers will complete hands-on activities including abstract “stained glass” and textile block projects. Campers will test basic architectural concepts through interactive games and activities. The week will end with displaying the collection of the camper’s architecture and design projects.
A Greener Tomorrow
Engage in the challenge of today to plan for the world of tomorrow! Frank Lloyd Wright saw cities as problematic. In the 1930s, he planned and modeled an innovative city of his own called Broadacre City. Looking at the sustainable issues facing cities in our world today campers will collaborate design 3D models of sustainable cities. In A Greener Tomorrow, campers will investigate cutting edge sustainable technology through hands-on activities. Building on their new knowledge of architecture, campers will then explore urban planning by creating innovative green-city block plans.
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
June 21 – 25
$350 general public, $315 for members
For science and engineering enthusiasts, this camp will be a blast! Expanding campers’ love and enthusiasm for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) subjects, they will spend the week learning about Mars through experiments here on Earth. Campers will collaborate to solve real world issues—or rather real space issues—that NASA and others are trying to solve, like investigating ways humans could live on Mars. Grasping Frank Lloyd Wright’s innovative ideas, campers become innovators themselves. This in-depth camp provides campers an opportunity to explore the engineering process, talk to NASA employees, and create a model of a Martian colony!
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
July 12 – 16
$350 general public, $315 for members
Art & Observation
Campers will learn the basics of drawing from life and watercolor techniques, while working within the harmonious architecture and natural Sonoran Desert landscape of Taliesin West. The camp will focus on the creative process; campers will use their sketchbooks to develop ideas and then paint finished watercolor pieces based on their sketches. Each camper will be provided a sketchbook and materials to create a masterpiece. At the end of the week, they will have created numerous sketches, a finished watercolor painting, and have participated in a class critique. All while experiencing Taliesin West’s one-of-a-kind setting!
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$250 general public, $225 members
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 recently inscribed UNESCO World Heritage site around them. Students learn the tools needed to best utilize a DSLR 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.
Do I have to register in advance?
Yes, advanced registration for onsite camp and virtual camp is required. Registration will close at 8:00 a.m. the Thursday prior to the start of the camp session date.
Is prior experience needed for any of the camp sessions?
No prior experience is necessary.
Does the onsite camp take place indoors or outdoors?
The onsite camp takes place primarily indoors. However, there will be daily instances where campers will be outdoors. Campers must bring their own water bottle, sunscreen, and any other sun protection.
Does the onsite camp have air-conditioning?
Yes, the onsite camp takes place in an 1,800 square foot air-conditioned classroom at Taliesin West, where we can safely practice social distancing.
Will the onsite camp still be held in bad weather?
Yes, camp takes place rain or shine.
What should onsite campers wear?
We recommend comfortable clothing and shoes meant for indoor/outdoor use. Campers should also bring a hat and sunscreen.
What should my child bring to onsite camp?
All materials will be provided for most camps. Photography camp does require that campers bring a camera from home; those campers will be sent specific details. We also recommend that campers bring a bottle of water, sunscreen, and a hat for any outside activities.
What should my child NOT bring to camp?
Personal gaming devices should be left at home.
Is the classroom at Taliesin West wheelchair accessible?
Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark built between 1937 and 1959 and is situated in rugged desert terrain. As such, it was not designed or built to contemporary accessibility standards. The pathways 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. For further questions regarding accessibility during camp, please email email@example.com
Do you offer member discounts for camp sessions?
Yes, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Members receive a discount on all camp registrations. Consider becoming a Member today!
Do you offer scholarships?
Yes, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is pleased to offer scholarships for Camp Taliesin West to selected, qualifying campers. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a scholarship application.
What if I’m late picking up my camper?
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 your COVID-19 protocols for onsite camp?
Taliesin West has been carefully following the COVID-19 pandemic and has used guidelines from the CDC, local health authorities, and the American Camp Association to create protocols to protect the health of both campers and staff. Further details regarding Camp Taliesin West COVID-19 Protocols can be found in the Family Information Packet, which will be emailed upon registration.
- Masks are required for all campers at all times, unless eating or drinking.
- Masks are required for all adults at Taliesin West at all times; this includes parents and family members coming for pick-up and drop-off.
- Campers will remain socially distanced during their lunch.
- All Taliesin West staff are required to complete a health screen before attending work, including a temperature and symptom check.
- The camp classroom will be sanitized frequently and hand washing breaks will be numerous during camp activities.
Camp Taliesin West Supporters
Camp Taliesin West registration fees are partly subsidized by these community-minded funders: