Program Overview
 
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation offers students a living experience of Frank Lloyd Wright’s body of work through classes, workshops and special camps, with a focus on Frank Lloyd Wright, architecture, and the arts.
 
Fall and weekend classes and a popular series of summer camps are held at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZ.  A distance learning initiative called Wright Design has introduced thousands of students to architecture through live broadcasts of specialized lessons into Arizona classrooms.  Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation educators also offer support to teachers  seeking educational resources and creative material for classroom presentations and project planning. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation also coordinates field trips for school students at Taliesin West as part of its education programming.
 
For more information about classes, consultation services, materials, or field trips please contact the Foundation's K-12 Program Coordinator Lilli Urenda at lurenda@franklloydwright.org or 480.627.5361.
 
Spring 2015 classes

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s Spring 2015 Class schedule offers exciting opportunities for students to explore their creativity and imagination.  All classes are held at Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s legendary home and architectural laboratory in Scottsdale, AZ.  All classes include an in-depth tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's famous winter home and studio at Taliesin West.

For information on scholarships to attend any of our classes or camps, please contact K-12 Program Coordinator Lilli Urenda at lurenda@franklloydwright.org or 480.627.5361.

Book space in any of our classes  online through Zerve.com.  Advance booking for classes is required and can be done easily online through Zerve.com.

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You may also book your class or camp reservation over the phone at (888) 516-0811.  

 

Ceramics and Pottery - $325 for Four Week Session - For students 18-years-of-age and older

Explore the ancient art form of ceramics and pottery by joining this four-week class. Students will learn various construction techniques such as pinch, coil, slab, throwing and press-mold to promote discovery of form, volume and texture. Learn to use the potter's wheel and experiment with different surface designs and glazes. Visuals, demonstrations and critiques will help students to improve technique and develop concepts. Participants will learn various techniques to create art using clay and select the glazes to use and discover how firing in the kiln can change the colors. Fee covers class and materials. Students must be 18-years-of-age or older to register.
 
Class sessions and times:
 
February 2-25, Meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays (6pm-9pm)
February 3-26, Meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays (6pm-9pm)
April 6-29, Meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays (6pm-9pm)
April 7-30, Meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays (6pm-9pm)
 

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Desert Shelter Design - $300 - For students in Grades 5-12

Students at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Taliesin West have built a number of unique, small shelters to live close to nature. They would select a site, design a floor plan, and decide what materials to use to construct the building.

In this class, students will compare different animal habitats and tour many of the Desert Shelters. Each student will pick a desert location and shape, draw a floor plan to scale and construct a model of the shelter. Recycled materials and foam core are used for walls and interiors. Each model will have windows, a door and surrounding environment. Artwork, landscaping, and simple 3-D furnishings will demonstrate individual details. Students will learn architectural vocabulary and how to draw a floor plan, using professional symbols.

Participants will also take a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous winter home and studio, Taliesin West, learn about scale in order to draw a floor plan for a desert shelter, and construct a 3-D model of the design including doors, windows and unique furnishings.

Class session for students in Grades 5-12:

March 9-13 (9am-Noon)

 

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Digital Architectural Modeling - $325 - For students in Grades 5-12

This intermediate architecture camp, designed for middle and high school students, will introduce the participants to the principles of organic architecture, the work and life of Frank Lloyd Wright and digital computer drafting skills with Sketchup.

During this four day camp, students will be introduced to Sketchup and learn the basics of computerized drafting. Students in this intermediate camp will research, design and construct their own computer drafted model for a specific environmental site of their choice. This program will advance student's architectural drafting and spatial thinking skills and foster their creativity as they design their own structure. *Some experience with computers and interest in architecture required.

Participants will take a tour on Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous winter home and studio, Taliesin West, learn the principles of organic architecture, and create a 3-D digital model in Sketchup for a specific site. Fee covers the entire week of day camp, Monday through Friday.

Class session for students in Grades 5-12 is:

March 23-26 (9am-3pm)

 

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Introduction to Hand-Crafting and Design  - $120 - For students in Grades 9-12

Develop your architectural drawing skills by taking this two-day class, which covers line weights, scale, poche and shadow. Concepts and composition will be discussed as students create their own design within the project parameters. A peer review will take place where each student will give a short presentation of their final drawing and design which is a similar practice conducted within an architecture degree program or career.

Participants will take a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous winter home and studio at Taliesin West, create a study model and develop a design to be drawn, and develop a final floor plan drawing of a design for a mock review Fee covers an entire weekend of class, lunch and materials.

Class sessions for students in Grades 9-12 are:

Feb. 7-8 (Saturday & Sunday, 9am-3pm)
Mar. 7-8 (Saturday & Sunday, 9am-3pm)
Apr. 4-5 (Saturday & Sunday, 9am-3pm)

 

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Introduction to Photography - $250 - For students in Grades 7-12 and 18-years-of-age and older

The landmark architecture of Taliesin West is the backdrop for a weeklong photographic journey. Learn the tools needed to take control of a camera including aperture, shutter speed and ISO, while applying creative approaches to composition, image framing and light and shadow challenges. Students must provide their own fully manual camera and corresponding USB cable.

Participants will take a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous winter home and studio at Taliesin West, spend time each day taking photographs of the estate and surrounding Sonoran desert, and edit and experiment with special effects using a computer. Fee covers an entire weekend of class, lunch and materials.

Class sessions for students in grades 7-12 are:

Feb. 21-22 (Saturday 10am-6pm & Sunday 10am-3pm)
Apr. 25-26 (Saturday 10am-6pm & Sunday 10am-3pm)

Class sessions for students ages 18+ are:

Jan. 24-25 (Saturday 10am-6pm & Sunday 10am-3pm)
Mar. 28-29 (Saturday 10am-6pm & Sunday 10am-3pm)

 

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Nature Patterns  - $100 - For students in Grades 9-12

Using a method developed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and later by his secretary and artist Gene Masselink, Taliesin faculty Aris Georges has developed the Nature Patterns workshop as a short version of the full course he teaches at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Nature Patterns is a fun exercise in geometric abstraction and pattern-making by using nature as a reference. The exercise explores geometry as the visual language to generate pattern, and is accomplished in distinct steps, yielding both an interesting process and a finished piece. While the product will be a drawing, the designs generated may be applied afterwards to other media, depending on the artist. 

Participants will take a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous winter home and studio at Taliesin West, use a reference of nature to create a geometric pattern, and develop a drawing that is an abstract art piece of an object of nature. Fee covers the class, lunch and materials.

Class sessions for 9-12th grade students and adults 18+ are:

February 21(9am-3pm) 
February 28 (9am-3pm)

 

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FIELD TRIPS

Bring your class and visit us at Taliesin West. We are happy to welcome school groups to tour Wright's home and studio and learn about architecture. For field trip participants the fee is $3 per student, $10 per chaperon, and complimentary for teachers. To schedule your visit please contact the Foundation's K-12 Program Coordinator Lilli Urenda at lurenda@franklloydwright.org or 480.627.5361.