This summer, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is hosting a virtual (and in-person in Arizona) summer camp to pay homage to one of America’s most beloved architects. Camp Taliesin West gives kids, aged 7 through 16, the opportunity to explore architecture, science, engineering, art, and photography with a fun and engaging curriculum geared toward letting young creative minds explore the world through a new lens.
Per Camp Taliesin West’s website, “Campers will learn from the principles of Frank Lloyd Wright and then apply them to their own projects and adventures.” According to a press release, these projects and adventures include design experiments, model- and rendering-building activities, investigative and educational games, personalized tours of the Taliesin West site, and exclusive access to subject-matter experts like NASA scientists, historic preservationists and renowned architects.
Camp Taliesin West activities will be offered both in-person at FLW’s Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona, following CDC pandemic guidelines, as well as virtually through Zoom. Camp starts in early June with “A Greener Tomorrow” program for ages 11 through 15, during which campers will explore the use of cutting edge technology to solve urban planning challenges in relation to sustainability, and will wrap up in August with “Architectural Discovery” for ages 7 through 9, a program for campers interested in design and architectural theory.
You can see the full list of summer programs over on the Frank Lloyd Wright camp website. Older kids can partake in a July photography course in which they use Taliesin West as the backdrop for DSLR landscape and life photography, as well as a “Design Your Dream Space” advanced course, which gives campers the chance to become junior designers and architects.
“What all of our camps have in common is how they complement Wright’s ideals of ‘learning by doing’ and his fearless experimentation in the pursuit of advancing the way we build and live. Each camp reinforces the legacy that anyone, anywhere in the world, at any age, has the ability to be creative and make a lasting impact,” Abbie Wilson, Education Manager for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, said via the press release. “Whether students will be attending the virtual sessions or joining us onsite at Taliesin West, we know they’ll have a fun and engaging experience that pushes them to think outside of the box and leave feeling inspired to change the world for the better.”
Camp Taliesin West sessions are now open for registration and enrollment ranges from $100 to $350 per session, and scholarships are available for qualifying students. To sign up and see the full list of courses available, head over to the Frank Lloyd Wright camp webpage.