2018 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.


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

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

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.