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Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Classroom Activity 5: The Impact of Color

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation | May 13, 2020

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has collaborated with the Paradise Valley School District to create K-12 curriculum. This is the fifth of 6 activities from that collaboration.


Welcome back to our fifth activity based on colors found in nature! Let’s recap what we have learned so far on our journey to make our own sidewalk stained‐glass drawing!

  • In our last video we learned all about the geometry of a circle, how to identify them, how they can be changed into a different shape, and how they fit nicely into Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture.


  • We created three different drawings of your favorite plant. A realistic drawing, a stylistic drawing, and a geometric drawing!


  • You and your family have learned how to take a nature image and abstract it completely through those three different drawings!




Watch the video. From the video, we’ll learn about the impact of color.

Next, select some colored markers and some tape, scroll down, and try the color exercise sheet below.




Colors Found in Nature


  • Your Nature inspiration image

  • Multiple copies of your Geometric drawing

  • Colored pencils, crayons, or markers



Now that we know about all patterns, shapes and colors, have a family discussion around how we think we can include colors into our geometric drawing.

Discuss with each other how we can make a pattern out of color and how different colors make us feel.

Frank Lloyd Wright loved red, so he put it on basically everything at Taliesin West!

Frank Lloyd Wright would love to experiment with light and color. Do the same with your new   geometric drawing!

Use multiple copies of your geometric drawing and color in patterns and use different colors to experiment. Your final colored geometric drawing should use the same colors found in your original plant picture.

Post your final colored geometric drawing on our Facebook page!

Next week will be our final activity to create your own work of sidewalk stained glass drawing.

See you in our last activity for the final project!

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 draw from those learnings and programming. 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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