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Architecture Camps for Kids

Architecture is Elementary (grades 3-5)
July 31-August 4 | $275
In this introductory week-long summer day camp students will be introduced to basic elements of architecture and design as they experience the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright first-hand. In an interactive tour of Taliesin’s main buildings and natural landscapes, students will explore Wright’s principles of design and how he used nature as inspiration. This camp will introduce students in a playful way to basic elements of art and design. Throughout the week, students will engage in different design projects and experiment with texture, line, shape, space, form, materials, color etc. using Wright’s architecture and nature as textbook and source of inspiration. Students will apply their knowledge in their own designs, such as furniture design, art sculpture, art window design and textile block design etc.


Imagine Mars – Design a Future Colony on Mars (grades 4-8)
July 24-28 | $275
Camp participants will study the planet Mars with John Heasley, space educator, and design a future Mars community with the help of visiting guest speakers. Students will tour the main buildings and natural landscapes of Taliesin and learn about Wright’s principles of organic architecture and his futuristic concept of Broadacre City. At the end of the project week, the students create an exhibition with their 2D plans and 3D models for an imaginary colony on Mars. This camp is based on a NASA designed outreach program called: Imagine Mars. http://mars.nasa.gov/imagine/leaders/


City Planning Camp (grades 4-8)
June 26-30 | $275
Taliesin’s City Planning camp is designed to educate students about planning, designing and constructing a green community. Students will tour main buildings and natural landscapes of Taliesin and learn about Wright’s principles of organic architecture and his concept of Broadacre City. Students will also be introduced to key elements of city planning, stainability, and architecture. During the camp, students will research, design a neighborhood and build 3D models of buildings for that neighborhood. On the last day of camp, students will present and their community to parents and exhibit their models.


Beginning Architecture (grades 5-10)
June 12-16 or July 10-14 | $295
This architecture camp will introduce participants to the principles of organic architecture and the work and life of Frank Lloyd Wright. During this camp, students will research, design and construct their own 3D models with foam core and recycled materials for a specific environmental site of their choice. At the end of the camp, students will have the opportunity to present their individual projects to parents and family members. This hands-on program will enhance student’s critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and foster their creative expression through a multifaceted program.

Intermediate Architecture (grades 6-12)
June 19-23 | $325 
Students will learn the basics of digital modeling using Trimble Sketch-Up (free) as applied to an individualized architectural design project on a site of their selection. The camp will explore architectural design issues like space-shaping, scale, proportion, materiality, energy & sustainability, aesthetics, and representation. Students will learn how to use the software as a design tool rather than simply a means of representing their design ideas. Students will learn how to properly construct digital models and how to generate impressive images in order to present their design ideas. At the end of the camp, students present their work to an audience of family, friends and invited guests.


  • Parents/Guardians must sign the Camp Waiver before the first day of camp.
  • A 6% ticket handling charge is applied to all camp registrations.
  • All camps are held at the Wyoming Valley School Cultural Arts Center (A Wright designed school) 6306 State Road 23, Spring Green, WI 53588 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Fees include: lunch, materials & a Taliesin Tour 
  • Presentations on the last day of camp. 

Caroline Hamblen - Programs Director

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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