Programs for Children & Educators
2016 Educator Tours
This Taliesin tour experience created especially for K-12 educators brings Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture alive for teachers. The opportunities to bring architecture and design back to the classroom and to tie them to existing core classes are endless. It is the goal of Taliesin’s Education Outreach Program to bring these elements to educators and their students, the future stewards of the built environment.
Two Hours — $25/educator
- 45-minute tour of the Hillside education complex, plus
- 45-minute tour of Taliesin, plus
- 30-minute presentation on K-12 architecture and design learning tools.
Saturday, October 15, at 10:30 a.m.
*Wisconsin Teacher Appreciation Days: FREE tours for educators in Wisconsin! (Non-educator guests and educators outside of the state of Wisconsin are $25. Limit one paying guest per educator.)
Friday, November 18 at 10:00 a.m.
Saturday, November 19 at 10:00 a.m.
(The Hillside buildings are closed in November. Tours will include a drive or walk around the school complex and will include a shuttle ride through the 800-acre Taliesin estate, followed by a 45-minute tour of the Taliesin residence.)
2016-2017 Class Trips Available May-October
K–12 Hillside Experience
A revolutionary design for Wright, Hillside was built on three levels to follow the natural slope of the hill it rests on. Built in 1902 as a boarding school for his two aunts, it still operates as a school today! It also houses a theater and 5,000 square foot drafting studio. Chose from two different time & activity options.
- 60-minute Hillside Tour - $5/person (students and adults)
- 90-minute Hillside Tour & Activity Period - $15/person (students and adults)
Grades 6–12 Taliesin Experience
Begun in 1911, Taliesin was Wright’s home for nearly fifty years of his life, and where he would sketch out some of his most masterful works. Experience the courtyards and gardens, Wright’s personal drafting studio and iconic Living Room. An inspiring experience at any age! Chose from two different time & activity options.
- 60-minutes - $20/person (students and adults)
- Two Hour Hillside/Taliesin Combo - $25/person (students and adults) 60-minutue tours of both Taliesin and Hillside.
Caroline Hamblen - Programs Director
Check back for 2017 Summer Camp Dates!
Architecture is Elementary
Grades 3-5 $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*
Out of State $275
Wisconsin Residents $225
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/
*The Imagine Mars Camp received a grant! A discounted Imagine Mars camp fee is made possible for local WI state students through the generous support of the WI Space Grant Consortium and National Space Grant College and Fellowship program. If you are a student currently living in the State of WI you may enroll at the discounted price to attend the Imagine Mars Camp. Out-of-State students are welcome to this camp as well at the regular camp price.
Grades 5-10 $295
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 Camp II
Grades 8-12 $325
This intermediate architecture camp will introduce participants to the principles of organic architecture, the work and life of Frank Lloyd Wright and digital computer drafting skills with Sketch-Up. Students are required to bring their own laptop for this camp.
During this camp, students will be introduced to Sketch-Up 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.
At the end of the camp, students will have the opportunity to present their individual projects to parents and family members. This program will advance student’s architectural drafting and spatial thinking skills and foster their creativity as they design their own structure.
City Planning Camp
Grades 4-8 $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.
A 3% 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
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