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Camp Taliesin West

Explore architecture, science, engineering, art, and photography at Camp Taliesin West!

Located at Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Arizona home, Camp Taliesin West encourages participants to explore, create, and design as they engage in fun and educational activities.

Campers will learn from our unique, historic property and the principles of Wright, applying them to their own projects and adventures.

We now offer camps throughout the year!



Summer Camp

Design Your Dream Space: Beginner (ages 9 – 12)

June 6 – 10, 9:00 am-3:00 pm

July 18 – 22, 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Campers will spend their week dreaming up architectural spaces through this project-based camp! With Taliesin West’s organic architecture as a starting point, we will discuss architectural examples from around the globe and best building practices. Using cutting-edge apps on provided iPads, we will create computer generated floor plans and 3D renderings of our very own “dream space”. Our week will conclude with campers makings their dream space a reality by building 3D models of their designs.

Daily lunch is included in this camp.

$350 per student

$315 for Foundation Members

Sold Out

Design Your Dream Space: Advanced (ages 12 – 15)

June 13 – 17, 9:00 am-3:00 pm

July 25 – 29, 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Campers advance from designing their dream space to becoming junior architects. We’ll discuss how architects overcome design challenges like tricky environments, difficult landscapes, different materials… and even clients! Mimicking the design process architects follow from concept to design, we will create fully detailed 3D scale models of innovative community spaces we dream up. This camp also features a guest speaker – we will have the opportunity to talk to a practicing architect!

Daily lunch is included in this camp.

$350 per student

$315 for Foundation Members

June 13-17 Sold Out

Register for July 25-29

Shaping a City (ages 11 – 15)

June 20 – 24, 9:00 am-3:00 pm

What does a community need to be healthy, safe, and beautiful? Frank Lloyd Wright tried
to answer those questions with a planned community he called Broadacre City. Using Wright’s work as
inspiration, campers will look at the concerns facing urban planners and cities today. We will explore the history of urban planning and design, and how architecture can be used to improve communities and people’s lives. We will then plan and design 3D models for our communities to inhabit.

Daily lunch is included in this camp.

$350 per student

$315 for Foundation Members

Sold Out

Architectural Discovery (ages 7 – 9)

June 27 – July 1, 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Specifically designed for our youngest campers, we will explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural achievements through hands-on activities and projects. We’ll craft patterned textile blocks, design our own stained glassed windows, and more! Along the way, we will also be exposed to engineering and design concepts through fun, interactive games and activities.

Daily lunch is included in this camp.

$350 per student

$315 for Foundation Members

SOLD OUT

Dream in Color: Interior Design (ages 11 – 15)

July 11 – 15, 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Campers will explore the fundamental principles of interior design such as color, texture, pattern, balance, and proportion. We examine color theory and how colors interact with each
other to create different moods, feelings, and experiences. As a final project, we will create vision boards and 3D models of our individually designed rooms.

Daily lunch is included in this camp.

$350 per student

$315 for Foundation Members

Sold Out

Photographing Wright (ages 12 – 16)

June 6 – 10, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

June 27 – July 1, 9:00 am-12:00 pm

The architecture of Taliesin West is the backdrop for a weeklong photographic journey. Renowned photographer, Andrew Pielage, will guide us in capturing our unique, World Heritage site, and the Sonoran Desert around them. We will learn and explore the tools needed to best utilize a DSLR camera including aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. We will then apply these creative approaches to composition, image framing, and the challenges of light and shadow.
Students must provide their own digital SLR camera and corresponding USB cable.
It is highly encouraged that students provide their own laptop for editing photographs.

$250 per student

$225 for Foundation Members

Register for June 6-10

Register for June 27 – July 1

2 Week Virtual Summer Camp (ages 7 – 12)

We have created our 2 week virtual summer camp to engage families from across the country! Each day begins with a Zoom call with a Taliesin West Educator. Approximately an hour long, these Zoom sessions will introduce the days concepts and projects and provide time for questions, guidance, and instruction.
Campers will explore architecture, engineering, and history with specially designed activities to work on from home. Every hands-on activity uses basic household items (a supply list will be provided before camp begins).

July 11 – 22, 10am (MST) Zoom

July 25 – August 5, 10am (MST) Zoom

Week 1
Campers will learn about geometry, engineering, and the concepts of architecture through hands-on experiments. They will also begin to develop their own dream space. Campers will also participate in a virtual, guided 3D tour of Taliesin West.
Week 2
Participants will dive deeper into the realm of architecture, learning about floor plans and scaling. Through our virtual community via Google Classroom, campers will be guided through the design process and end their second week with a scaled floor plan and a virtual 3D model created with a free, easy-to-use virtual building app.
$50 per student
$40 Foundation Members

 

Register for July 11-22

Register for July 25 – Aug 5

CAMP FAQs

Do I have to register in advance?

Yes, advanced registration for onsite camp and virtual camp is required. Registration will close on December 23.

Is prior experience needed for any of the camp sessions?

No prior experience is necessary.

Does the onsite camp take place indoors or outdoors?

Camp Taliesin West takes place both indoors and outdoors. Campers must bring their own water bottle and should take care to dress for the weather each day.

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.

What should my child bring to onsite camp?

All materials will be provided for most camps. 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 education@franklloydwright.org

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!

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?

At Taliesin West, we are following the CDC recommendations for health and safety to protect our visitors and staff. Please be aware of the following protocols.

  • Effective March 3, 2022, masks are optional for everyone at Taliesin West.

  • Please do not attend if you are feeling ill.

  • Contact education@franklloydwright.org if you have any questions or concerns about Covid-19 safety protocols during camp.


Camp Taliesin West Supporters

Camp Taliesin West registration fees are partly subsidized by these community-minded funders:

Lead Funder

Other Funders

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