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On-site & Virtual Field Trips

Our World Heritage Site, Taliesin West, is proud to offer a variety of engaging field trip options designed for K-12 school groups.

The Education Department’s Programs are in line with Arizona State Standards as well as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) principles and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Our lessons & activities promote engaging with architecture, organic design, ecology, and art.

We strive to make our historic site available to everyone – particularly students in underserved communities. Through our Foundation’s Community Access Program, qualifying schools can attend a field trip for free. In particular, we encourage Title One schools to apply! Contact us at the email below for additional information about financial support and an application.

Please email us at education@franklloydwright.org with any questions or to book a field trip.

 


ON-SITE FIELD TRIP

Taliesin West is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since its inception, it has been a unique incubator of ideas and innovation. It is often referred to as Wright’s ‘Desert Laboratory’.

With a history steeped in pioneering architecture and design, Taliesin West has been home to artists and creative thinkers of all stripes – architects, engineers, graphic designers, painters, photographers, dancers and the list goes on.

Located in the foothills of the Sonoran Desert, our unique and inspiring campus and dedicated education team will open doors and ignite imaginations across disciplines.

Each of our field trips consists of a guided tour and a on-site learning lab of your choosing.

Core Architectural Tour | Grades K-12

schedule

Offered January 1 – May 13

Duration

1-1.5 hours (2-3 hours with Learning Lab add-on)

Price

$10 per student (1 adult for every 10 students is admitted free of charge, 1:1 aides are always free)

 

Experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West through the lens of experimentation and innovation. Discover why Wright called this his “desert laboratory”. This tour leverages STEAM elements to discuss architecture, building techniques, environment, and the concept of learning by doing.

Learning Lab add-on – This tour pairs well with the Building with a Purpose and Building Bridges educational labs.

LEARNING LABS

Learning Labs are free, educational add-ons that introduce practical, hands-on activities reinforcing the lessons learned in our field trips. Our Education Team will provide materials and lead students through a workshop on-site!

 

 

Building Bridges Lab | Grades 3-8

This STEAM focused lab employs the engineering design cycle as students design, and then redesign model bridges using K’nex pieces. Through building structural bridges, students will learn about load, span, designing for a purpose, and working with collaborative dynamics like engineers and architects. Students will also see bridges from around the world and analyze their own bridge, drawing digitally using provided iPads.

 

 

Building with a Purpose Lab | Grades 2-8

Working in groups students design, create, test, and redesign three different structures of their choice (a house, a shopping mall, a skyscraper, etc.). Each group is assigned to a different region of the United States and must design and build to fit into the landscape of the region. Regions include: the West Coast, Arizona desert, Great Plains, Midwest, and East Coast. Each one of these will present specific building challenges with groups forced to consider weather patterns, culture, environment and geology. Students will work through group dynamics and the engineering design process to develop a model of a structure that is suitable to their chosen region.

 

 

Patterns in Nature Lab | Grades 2-8

This lab allows students to connect with the natural patterns found in the desert around Taliesin West to create unique pieces of artwork through cyanotype photography. A cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. Engineers and architects used the process well into the 20th century as a simple and low-cost process to produce copies of drawings, referred to as blueprints. Students use desert botanicals to create patterns, expose their creation in the sun to witness the chemical reaction and their image emerges. Each student can take home their unique piece of art.

 

 

Glass and Glass Art Lab | Grades 6-12

During this lab, students will learn about the 3,600 year history of glass, glass technology, and glass art. They will then participate in a hands-on activity using heat, plastic, and paint to simulate the glass melting, shaping, and design process. Students will create their own small, glass-inspired, abstract art piece to take home.

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS

Can’t take your students to Taliesin West? Let our education team bring Taliesin West to you!

Our virtual field trips each include a video tour of our UNESCO World Heritage Site and winter home of Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West. During the tour, a Museum Educator will give an overview of Frank Lloyd Wright’s life and work, as well as some basic architectural concepts. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in a STEM activity, led by a Museum Educator.

Virtual field trips will be offered Wednesdays and Fridays. Each field trip is approximately 1 hour in length and can be adapted based on the needs of the class.

Virtual field trips are $150 per session, with a maximum of 25 students per session. Virtual field trips are delivered via ZOOM and require participants to have functioning webcams and microphones.

We offer two unique virtual lessons to choose from:

Geometry & Architecture Adventure (Grades 2, 3, 4)

Students will receive an overview of Frank Lloyd Wright’s life and work, and a virtual tour of Taliesin West. We will then explore several architectural concepts, such as how shape and pattern inform form and function.Students will then participate in an activity to test the strength of various shapes, using basic classroom objects.

Become an Architect (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

Students will receive an overview of Frank Lloyd Wright’s life and work, and a virtual tour of Taliesin West. We will then discuss the importance of scale when envisioning, creating and developing space. Students will then make a floor plan of their dream space based on these principles.

 


Field Trips at Taliesin West are supported in part by grants from these community partners:

 

FIELD TRIP FAQ

How much do field trips cost?

On-site field trips cost $10 per student.

Virtual Field Trips costs $150 per session.

Is there an additional fee for learning labs?

No, your field trip experience can include a learning lab at no extra cost!

When should we arrive?

To arrange a field trip date and arrival time, email education@franklloydwright.org.

What should we bring?

Tours take place both indoors and outdoors.  Comfortable clothing and shoes are advised, along with a hat, sunscreen, and a water bottle. During rainy days please have students wear rain coats and/or proper rain attire.

Is Taliesin West accessible to guests in need of special assistance?

With an historic, desert campus – spanning nearly 500-acres – there are a number of procedures and precautions we must all follow to ensure a fun, informative, and safe visit. Buildings at Taliesin West are terraced into the landscape, resulting in gravel walkways, steps and uneven surfaces. We make every effort to accommodate our guests and ensure a fulfilling visit. If you would like more information you can learn more here.

Don’t hesitate to contact us at education@franklloydwright.org with any questions or concerns.

Do you offer financial support?

We strive to make our historic site available to everyone – particularly students in underserved communities. Through our Foundation’s Community Access Program, qualifying schools can attend a field trip for free. In particular, we encourage Title One schools to apply! Contact us at education@franklloydwright.org for additional information and an application.

How do I book or get more information?
Email: education@franklloydwright.org

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