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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 FrankLloydWright.org/camps.

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.

Architectural Discovery

Begin an adventure into Frank Lloyd Wright’s world of design and engineering! In Architectural Discovery, campers interested in building and designing will discover new architectural theories each day. By exploring Wright’s design concepts, campers will complete hands-on activities including abstract stained glass and textile block projects. Campers will test basic architectural concepts through interactive games and activities. The week will end with displaying the collection of the camper’s architecture and design projects. Campers will leave with a basic understanding of architectural principles upon which they can build.

grade range

3–4

Time

9 am–3 pm

Dates

Session 1: June 1–5, 2020

Session 2: July 13–17, 2020

price

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

session 1: register 

SESSION 2: REGISTER

Design Your Dream Space: Beginner

Campers spend a week of dreaming up architecture through this project-based camp! They’ll search for the best building practices through experimental designs and on-site examples of Frank Lloyd Wright’s organic architecture. Using cutting-edge apps on provided iPads, they will create computer generated floor plans and 3D renderings of their very own dream space. By the end of the week, campers will have gained the architectural knowledge to design a space conducive to the climate and environment of their choosing. Finally, campers will make their dream space a reality by building scale 3D models of their designs.

GRADE RANGE

4–5

Time

9 am–3 pm

DATES

Session 1: June 8–12, 2020

Session 2: July 20–24, 2020

Price

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

SESSION 1: REGISTER

SESSION 2: REGISTER

Design Your Dream Space: Advanced

Campers accelerate from designing their dream space to becoming junior architects. Dealing with the needs and desires of clients, environmental concerns, and sustainable practices are part of the daily considerations of an architect. Campers will discover how to carefully incorporate each of these elements into their advanced final designs. Mimicking the design process an architect follows—the sequence of concept to execution—campers will create a fully detailed 3D scaled models of innovative community spaces they dream up. This camp also features an architect guest speaker and behind-the-scenes knowledge of the architecture at Taliesin West.

GRADE RANGE

5–6

Time

9 am–3 pm

DATES

Session 1: June 15–19, 2020

Session 2: July 27–31, 2020

Price

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

session 1: register

session 2: register

A Greener Tomorrow

Engage in the challenge of today to plan for the world of tomorrow! Frank Lloyd Wright saw cities as problematic. In the 1930s, he planned and modeled an innovative city of his own called Broadacre City. Looking at the sustainable issues facing cities in our world today campers will collaborate, and, like Wright, design 3D models of sustainable cities. In A Greener Tomorrow, campers will investigate cutting edge sustainable technology through hands-on activities. Building on their new knowledge of architecture, campers will then explore urban planning by creating innovative green-city block plans.

GRADE RANGE

6–7

Time

9 am–3 pm

DATES

Session 1: June 22–26, 2020

Price

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

session 1: register

Operation Mars

For science and engineering enthusiasts, this camp will be a blast! Expanding campers’ love and enthusiasm for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) subjects, they will spend the week learning about Mars through experiments here on Earth. Campers will collaborate to solve real world issues—or rather real space issues—that NASA and others are trying to solve, like investigating ways humans could live on Mars. Grasping Frank Lloyd Wright’s innovative ideas, campers become innovators themselves. This in-depth camp provides campers an opportunity to explore the engineering process, talk to NASA employees, and create a model of a Martian colony!

grade range

7–8

Time

9 am–3 pm

DATES

Session 1: July 6–10, 2020

Price

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

session 1: register

Art from Observation

Campers will learn the basics of drawing from life and watercolor techniques, while working within the harmonious architecture and natural Sonoran Desert landscape of Taliesin West. The camp will focus on the creative process; campers will use their sketchbooks to develop ideas and then paint finished watercolor pieces based on their sketches. Each camper will be provided a sketchbook and materials to create a masterpiece. At the end of the week, they will have created numerous sketches, a finished watercolor painting, and have participated in a class critique. All while experiencing Taliesin West in a one-of-a-kind setting! Limited to 10 students.

grade range

4–8

Time

9 am–12 pm

DATES

Session 1: June 8–12, 2020

Session 2: June 15–19, 2020

Price

$250, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation member pricing: $225

session 1: register

session 2: register

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 recently inscribed UNESCO World Heritage site 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. 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. Limited to 10 students.

grade range

7-12

Time

9 a.m.–12 p.m.

Dates

Session 1: June 15–19, 2020

Session 2: July 27–31, 2020

Price

$250, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation member pricing: $225

session 1: register

session 2: register

 


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

SCHOLARSHIPS

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

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM

 

SUMMER CAMP FAQ

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.

Is lunch provided in camps?

Yes, but only on full-day camps from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Half-day camps do not include lunch.

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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