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Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Classroom Activity 1: Introduction to Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation | Apr 10, 2020

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has collaborated with the Paradise Valley School District to create K-12 curriculum. This is the first of 6 activities from that collaboration. In this introductory activity for Lesson 1 of the Wright Virtual Classroom, kids can find out how much they have in common with architect Frank Lloyd Wright with “How Like Wright Are You?”


 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. First, watch the video below.

  2. Next, answer the questionnaire to see how much you might have in common with architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

  3. Scroll down past the question sheet to try your first at-home activity!

 


 


Shapes in Nature Activity

MATERIALS FOR THE ACTIVITY:

  • Your backyard, front yard and home

  • Other resources for exploration (tech devices, books/magazines, nature walk, photos of plants)


 

ACTIVITY INSTRUCTIONS:

1. From the video, you learned about how Frank Lloyd Wright was influenced by shapes and nature.

2. Now it’s time to take that information into your environment. In your home, backyard, or front yard look to find some shapes. Record what you find and share it with your family.

3. Have a family discussion about the shapes everyone saw (i.e., square, triangle, circle).


4. When shapes are
 repeated, they are called patterns. Did you see any shapes/patterns on any plants?

 

Discuss with your family patterns found in nature, or if they found shapes on any plants they saw.


5.
Explore nature magazines or other resources to select a plant image with a pattern in it.

 

Each family member can select their own image. This image will be used for their three drawings later. If you choose an image from a digital resource, make sure you print or bookmark the image for future project reference. Helpful hint: choose an image that is large, most of a sheet of paper is best.

6. If you have time at home, ask each other why each person selected their plant image.

Why do you like this picture? What drew you to this image? What patterns do you see that you will use in your own drawings?


Pictured 
are some examples of plants with patterns found in the Arizona desert. What are some plants with patterns found near you? 


 

Virtual Classroom Activities 1-6

Each week, we’ll debut a new Virtual Classroom Activity for a total of 6 to work on. These Activities can be completed at your own pace and will stay in the Virtual Classroom for you to enjoy. Each new Activity builds on the next to help you along a journey to create the final project: your very own work of art inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed art glass!

Don’t forget to share your work along the way! Show us your Activity drawings on the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Facebook page.

Return to Virtual Classroom Activities 1-6

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has collaborated with the Paradise Valley School District to create this K-12 curriculum that has been test-piloted across hundreds of students within the district. These 6 activities represent an abbreviated version of that original curriculum, drawn from those learnings and programming.


 

More Hands-on Activities To Try at Home

At the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, we use Frank Lloyd Wright’s revolutionary design concepts and buildings at Taliesin West to educate and inspire people of all ages, challenging them to understand and embrace innovation in their own lives.

Through the hands-on activities below, we encourage you to explore and discover science, technology, engineering, art, and math concepts through fun, interactive activities inspired by Wright. These activities present an opportunity to share ideas and personal opinions, surprise each other, and discover the world through a new lens.

Learn more about our education programming


 


 

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is dedicated to providing quality STEAM education experiences to challenge young people around the world to be critical thinkers and creative problem solvers. During this uncertain time, with families around the world keeping their kids engaged in learning activities, the Foundation is proud to offer these lessons and other activities free of charge. Your support helps the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation keep their staff employed and creating education programs at this critical time, and long into the future.

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