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Summer Art and Architecture Camps at Taliesin West

Combining creativity with academic relevance, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s innovative Summer Art and Architecture Camps at Taliesin West 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.

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

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.

The information on this page describes details for camps at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. For information on camps at Taliesin in Wisconsin, please click here.

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 project week, the students use their 2D plans to create a 3D model of their new colony on Mars. A former NASA employee will meet with campers for a discussion on these topics. This camp is for students who will be entering 5-8 grades.


9 a.m.–3 p.m.


Session 2: July 29–August 2, 2019


$350; Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation member pricing: $315


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. This camp is for students who will be entering 7 – 12 grades in fall 2019. 


9 a.m.–12 p.m.


Session 2: July 22–26, 2019


$250; Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation member pricing $225


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. Students research exciting, newly constructed concept buildings and cutting-edge architects, they’ll work in teams to develop thoughtful plans for cities of the future. This camp is for students who will be entering 6-9 grades in the fall.


9 a.m.–3 p.m.


June 24–28, 2019


$350; Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation member pricing: $315


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 elements contribute to a great design. This camp is for students who will be entering 5-8 grades in the fall 2019.


9 a.m.–3 p.m.


Session 3: July 15–19, 2019

Session 4: July 22–26, 2019


$350; Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation member pricing: $315


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 patterns influence architecture. Students will also get the opportunity to make an abstract art piece inspired by Wright’s stained glass. The camp is for students entering 2—4 grades in the fall.


9 a.m.–3 p.m.


July 8–12, 2019


$350; Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation member pricing: $315



Summer Art & Architecture Camps at Taliesin West are supported in part by grants from these community partners:


Scholarships are available to qualifying campers. To complete the application form, please click here. Once completed, please send to



Do I have to register in advance?

Yes, advance registration for a camp session is required. Registration will close at 8am the Thursday prior to the camp start date.

Is prior experience needed for this camp?

No, prior experience is not needed for this camp.

Does the camp take place indoors or outdoors?

The camp takes place primarily indoors; however, there will be daily instances where campers will be outdoors. We advise that campers bring a water bottle.

Is the classroom air-conditioned?

Yes, campers will be working in air-conditioned spaces at Taliesin West.

Will camp still be held in case of bad weather?

Yes, camp takes place rain or shine.

What should campers wear?

We recommend comfortable clothing and shoes, along with a hat and sunscreen.

Does my child need to bring anything?

No, all materials for this camp will be provided. We recommend that campers bring a bottle of water, sunscreen and a hat for the portion of camp that takes place outdoors.

Are the classrooms at Taliesin West 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.

Is before or aftercare available?

No, we do not offer before or aftercare for any of our camps.

Are parents required to sign a liability waiver?

Yes, all parents/legal guardians must fill out a liability form for each attending camper.

Do you offer member discounts?

Yes, we offer a 10% discount on the camps for Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Members. Please note that members must show proof of membership at check-in.

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is pleased to offer scholarships for Summer Art and Architecture Camps to selected, qualifying individuals. Scholarships are provided by the generous funding of the Boeing Employee Community Fund. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out this form.

What is the cancellation policy?

Refunds are made up to one week prior to the event, minus the $50 registration fee. After this, no refunds will be made, except with written physician verification. Refunds are not given for dismissal due to behavioral, emotional, or physiological situations occurring at camp.  

Can my child with special needs attend?

Contact the camp director to discuss the strengths and limitations of campers with special needs prior to the first day of camp. The camp director will communicate with you to discuss if this is the best placement for your child, and any modifications or accommodations that we accommodate.  Depending on a case by case basis, staff may ask that a 1:1 aid accompany the camper in order to ensure supervision at all times. For the safety of other campers and staff, staff has the right to deny admittance to camp for any camper that may pose a threat to the health and safety of other individuals.

What if I’m late picking up my student?

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 drop-off and pick-up policies?

An adult must come up to the camp leader to drop-off and pick-up campers each day.  Only authorized adults, as specified, may sign a child out of camp.


For other questions about the Summer Art and Architecture Camps or education opportunities with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, please contact the Education Department.

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