ABC Hour: Architecture, Books, and Crafts
April 13, 2024
Taliesin West offers a STEAM based story and craft hour, FREE of charge for our youngest visitors and their parents or guardians. This program is taught in our outdoor classroom so that children can be inspired by the same Sonoran Desert landscape that sparked Frank Lloyd Wright’s imagination 80 years ago.
The selected book this month is “The Bluest of Blues: Anna Atkins and the First Book of Photographs.” A gorgeous picture book biography of botanist and photographer Anna Atkins–the first person to ever publish a book of photography.
After losing her mother very early in life, Anna Atkins (1799–1871) was raised by her loving father. He gave her a scientific education, which was highly unusual for women and girls in the early 19th century. Fascinated with the plant life around her, Anna became a botanist. She recorded all her findings in detailed illustrations and engravings, until the invention of cyanotype photography in 1842. Anna used this new technology in order to catalogue plant specimens—a true marriage of science and art. In 1843, Anna published the book Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions with handwritten text and cyanotype photographs. It is considered the first book of photographs ever published. Weaving together histories of women, science, and art, The Bluest of Blues will inspire young readers to embark on their own journeys of discovery and creativity.
This program is geared toward children aged 4-8; however, all are welcome and encouraged to attend! Registration for ALL guests attending the program is required.
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Free with reservation
ABC Hour: Architecture, Books, and Crafts is made possible thanks to support from Arizona Humanities