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Virtual & On-Site Field Trips

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s Education Department takes pride in designing field trips and educational experiences that 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 programming promotes engaging with architecture, organic design, ecology, and art through Frank Lloyd Wright’s ideas and philosophies. Field trip programs are designed for K-12 school groups with a learning lab and typically include an in-person educational tour at the Taliesin West site.

Out of an abundance of caution for our staff and visitors during the pandemic, the Foundation’s Education Department will not offer school tours or field trips at this time until it is safe to resume. 

Please email education@franklloydwright.org with any questions.

 


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 the 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 such as shape, form, pattern, and light. Then, students will have the opportunity to engage in a STEM activity, led by a Museum Educator.

 

Choose from either lesson below:

Geometry & Architecture Adventure with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation (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 shape and pattern. They will then participate in an activity to test the strength of various shapes, using basic classroom objects.

Become an Architect with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation (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 scale. Students will then make a floor plan of their dream space based on these principles.

 

Booking Details

Virtual field trips will be offered Wednesdays and Fridays, from October 6, 2021 to February 25, 2022. 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.

To book email education@franklloydwright.org

 

 

EDUCATIONAL TOURS

currently unavailable during the ongoing pandemic

Architectural Historic Core Tour | Grades K-12

schedule

Offered August 1 – February & April 1 – June 1 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Duration

1-1.5 hours or 2-3 hours with Patterns in Nature education lab.

Price

$10 per student, $15 per chaperone, teachers are free

 

Experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West through the lens of experimentation and discover why Wright called it his desert laboratory. Students will engage with the ideas of organic architecture with visits to the Garden Room, the Drafting Studio, the Music Pavilion, Cabaret Theatre, Kiva, and Wright’s Office. Created and led by educators, this tour leverages STEAM elements to discuss architecture, building techniques, environment, and Wright’s idea of “learning by doing.”

This tour pairs well with the Building with a Purpose and Building Bridges educational labs.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has a limited number of spots available for Title One schools to attend a field trip for free. Please contact us at fieldtrips@franklloydwright.org for additional information.

No payment due at time of booking field trip. To pay, send a purchase order to fieldtrips@franklloydwright.org prior to your visit, or pay by using credit card upon arrival.

Patterns and Design in the Sonoran Desert Tour | Grades K-12

Schedule

Offered November 1 – March 31 (weather permitting) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

duration

1-1.5 hours or 2-3 hours with Patterns in Nature education lab.

Price

$10 per student, $15 per chaperone, teachers are free

 

Patterns and Design in the Sonoran Desert Tour at Taliesin West explores how the Sonoran Desert inspired Frank Lloyd Wright through engagement with nature, art, and organic design. Each student will receive a desert exploration packet which includes a discovery guide and magnifying glass to experience the desert while walking a path through the biome we call home. Created and led by experienced educators who ignite discovery through STEAM focused experiential learning.

Students should bring water, wear flat, closed-toe shoes, and it’s recommended to bring a hat as this tour is conducted outside in the desert.

This tour pairs well with the Patterns in Nature educational lab.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has a limited number of spots available for Title One schools to attend a field trip for free. Please contact us at fieldtrips@franklloydwright.org for additional information.

No payment due at time of booking field trip. To pay, send a purchase order to fieldtrips@franklloydwright.org prior to your visit, or pay by using credit card upon arrival.

EDUCATIONAL LABS

currently unavailable during the ongoing pandemic

 

Building Bridges Lab | Grades 5-8

SCHEDULE

Offered August 1 – February 15 & April 1 – June 1 in conjunction with Architectural Historic Core Tour

In this STEAM focused lab, students use the engineering design cycle to 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 in collaborative dynamics like engineers and architects. Students will also see bridges from around the world and analyze their own bridge drawing digitally drawn using provided iPads. The education team references building technique employed in the creation of Taliesin West.

 

Building with a Purpose Lab | Grades 2-8

SCHEDULE

Offered August 1 – February 15 & April 1 – June 1 in conjunction with Architectural Historic Core Tour

Working in groups and referencing the engineering design cycle, students design, create, test, and redesign three different structures of their choice (a house, a shopping mall, or a skyscraper, etc.). The structure the student groups choose must be designed and built to fit into the landscape of the region of the United States they are assigned. Each group is assigned to a different region of the United States to build their structure. The regions include: the West Coast, Arizona desert, Great Plains, Midwest, and East Coast. Each one of these regions will present specific building challenges to each group based on the regions weather patterns and geology. Students will work through group dynamics and the engineering design process to develop a model of a structure that can survive their chosen region.

 

Patterns in Nature Lab | Grades 2-12

SCHEDULE

Offered November 1 through March 31 (climate permitting) in conjunction with Patterns and Design in the Sonoran Desert Tour.

This lab allows students to connect with the natural patterns found on the desert walk tour to create unique pieces of artwork through cyanotype photography processing. 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 see the cyanotype chemical reaction, and wash their final print in water. Each student take home their unique piece of art.

 


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

 

IN-CLASS OPPORTUNITIES

Wright Design Classroom Kits

Wright Design Classroom Kits provide all the resources a teacher needs to facilitate students creating unique stained-glass window works of art. Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s organic architecture, where he created geometric designs from nature, kits include six lessons to advance the stained-glass project. Created in collaboration with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Education Department and Paradise Valley Unified School District Community Education, the pilot program launched in 2018 and is currently being developed to expand into more than 150 classrooms across Arizona.

Geared toward grades 4-6, teachers lead students to use the same process of “learning by doing” which Wright employed to his students and his own architectural methods. Through engaging lessons, and with all the supplies needed, students learn about pattern and shape found in nature in creating their own unique, artful stained glass.

Junior Apprentices

Piloted in Spring 2019, in collaboration with Pinnacle Peak Preparatory, Junior Apprentices is a unique program that blends junior docent programs with Frank Lloyd Wright’s teaching motto, “learning by doing.” Students follow their own curiosities in this program in order to encourage self-guided learning and create a space for students to find their own voice to express what interests them about Wright, Taliesin West, and organic architecture.

Leading up to the one-night student-led event, the Foundation’s education team conducted in-class learning labs and guided project-based learning about Wright and his work.

FIELD TRIP FAQ
*field trips are currently unavailable during the ongoing pandemic

 

When should we arrive?

Please check into the bookstore 15 minutes prior to the tour or program start time.

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.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark built between 1937 and 1959. As such, it was not designed or built to contemporary accessibility standards. The pathway 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 throughout the tour. Ramps are 26” in width with slopes ranging from 21 to 27 degrees.

Do you have lunch facilities?

We do not have an onsite location to store or eat lunches.

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