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Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Classroom Activity 2: Squares, Patterns & Realistic Drawings

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation | Apr 22, 2020

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has collaborated with the Paradise Valley School District to create this K-12 curriculum. This is the second of 6 activities from that collaboration. For Activity 2 in the Virtual Classroom, kids can explore making realistic drawings from nature after learning about squares and patterns in the video.

Welcome back to our second activity based around squares, patterns, and making a realistic drawing! Let’s recap what we have learned so far on our journey toward eventually making our own artwork that resembles a stained-glass window!

  • Through our first video you have learned about who Frank Lloyd Wright was and about geometric shapes.

  • You learned about shapes that live in your environment and the patterns that they may have.

  • You picked out a plant in nature or an image of a plant that has visible shapes and patterns in it!



Watch the video below and try some pattern making on the worksheet.

After you finish the pattern sheet, scroll down to work on activity 2!

Squares, Patterns, and Realistic Drawing


  • Nature inspiration image

  • Blank paper

  • Pencil

  • Eraser

  • Ruler


1. Have a family discussion around what a realistic drawing is. For example, some of our favorite realistic drawings at Taliesin West in Arizona are the ginkgo leaf, a wheat stalk, hollyhock blooms and the nautilus shell.


2. Have each family member use one of the pictures of nature that they chose last week for Activity 1 or one of the examples shown on this page. Using blank paper and pencil draw a copy of the image to the best of your ability.


3. Once each family member has drawn their realistic image look to see if it has squares, triangles, or circles in it.

Ginkgo leaf drawing

Wheat stalk drawing



4. To see how to identify a pattern with a shape more clearly, you can refer back to the symmetrical pattern sheet process above.


5. Have each family member share their realistic drawings and discuss the shapes that can be identified in each person’s drawing!



Next week we will learn together how to turn these drawings into a stylistic sketch.


Stay tuned for the upcoming Activity 3 to learn about triangles, load bearing shapes and more!

Nautilus shell drawing

Hollyhock blooms drawing


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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