The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Has Debuted Its New K-12 Summer Camp Program

With an expanded line up of architecture, science, engineering, art and photography camps, the program is now enrolling for in-person sessions at Taliesin West, the World Heritage Site in Scottsdale, and for virtual classes over Zoom.

“We really focus on making learning fun and engaging through hands-on activities that reflect the architecture and nature here at Taliesin West,” said Abbie Wilson, Education Manager for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, in a press release. “We also appeal to so many different kids with varied interests, from photography to architecture to interior design to urban planning. And our virtual camp brings those activities into the home for kids who can’t make it to Taliesin West.”

The program is open to K-12 students and will combine academic relevance with Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous principles of organic architecture and solutions-based design. A series of hands-on workshops are curated for set age groups, and will run from early June through late July.

Shaping a City | Ages 11 – 15 | June 20 – 24
Using Wright’s Broadacre City plan, which was created in hopes of establishing what parameters were necessary to guarantee healthy, safe and beautiful communities, campers will learn more about the history of urban planning and design. As they look at the numerous concerns facing cities today, campers will design 3D models of their very own cities to further explore the many ways that architecture can be used to improve a community.

Dream in Color: Interior Design | Ages 11 – 15 | July 11 – 15
Through Dream in Color, campers will learn the basic principles of interior design such as color, texture, pattern, balance, proportion and symmetry, and will deepen their engagement with color theory including how various pigments complement each other.

Two-Week Virtual Architecture and Design Camp | Ages 7 – 12 | July 11 – 22
Featuring a myriad of specially designed architecture, engineering and history-focused activities that utilize only basic household items, students now have the option to attend camp from home. Through virtual experiments, guided 3D tours of Taliesin West, community lessons via Google Classroom and daily, live Zoom calls with an onsite educator, campers will dive deep into the realm of architecture as they work to create digital models of their own dream spaces.

Design Your Dream Space: Advanced | Ages 12 – 15 | June 13 – 17, July 25 – 29
This camp offers students a chance to design their dream space and become junior architects through the discovery and mastery of incorporating the many needs and desires of clients, environmental concerns and sustainable practices into their designs. This session will also feature an expert architect guest speaker.

Wright Photography | Ages 12-16 | June 6 – 10, June 27 – July 1
The landmark architecture of Taliesin West is the backdrop for this week-long photographic journey. Local Arizona photographer Andrew Pielage will guide students in capturing the surrounding Sonoran Desert and other aspects of the site as they learn about the tools needed to best utilize a DSLR camera, including aperture, shutter speed, ISO, creative composition, image framing and the challenges of working with light and shadow.

Sessions are available for registration now, and prices range from $50 to $350. A select number of scholarships are also available through the Foundation’s Community Access Program.

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