Campers focus on hand-building to familiarize themselves with the medium. Different methods of construction will be practiced. Campers will develop unique expressive results while using a potter's wheel and experimenting with slab work. Each student will experience and enjoy the medium in her/his own way. With the instructor's guidance and suggestions each indidviual will create at least one completed piece by the end camp. *Experience may be required depending on camp dates, See FAQs.
One site visit to a ceramics museum is also planned prior to camp.
- Take an in-depth tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous winter home and studio at Taliesin West
- Learn various techniques to create art using clay
- Select the glazes to use and discover how firing in the kiln can change the colors.
- June 9-20: Ceramics & Pottery (no experience required)
- August 4-15: Ceramics & Pottery (experience required, See FAQs)
- Do I have to register in advance?
- Yes, advance registration for a camp session is required at least 68 hours before the camp begins. Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone through Zerve using a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
- What is the age limit?
- The Ceramics & Pottery camp is for students in grades 7-12.
- Is prior experience needed for this camp?
- For Ceramics & Pottery, we offer an introductory camp and an "experience required" camp. The Ceramics & Pottery introductory camp does not require experience and is Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, June 9-20, 2014. The Ceramics & Pottery "experience required" camp is intended for campers who have previous experience working with clay and are eager to learn about ceramics. They will create more complex artwork. This camp is Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, August 4-15, 2014.
- Does the camp take place indoors or outdoors?
- The camp takes place primarily indoors; however, there will be daily instances where campers will be outdoors. We advise that campers bring a water bottle.
- Is the classroom air-conditioned?
- Yes, campers will be working in air-conditioned spaces at Taliesin West.
- Will camp still be held in case of bad weather?
- Yes, camp takes place rain or shine.
- What should campers wear?
- We recommend comfortable clothing and shoes, along with a hat and sunscreen.
- Are materials provided?
- Yes, all materials will be provided. Campers may bring additional materials if they choose.
- Does my child need to bring anything?
- No, all materials for this camp will be provided. We recommend that campers bring a bottle of water, sunscreen and a hat for the portion of camp that takes place outdoors.
- Is lunch provided?
- Yes, lunch and snacks will be provided.
- What is included for lunch?
- The menu for lunch changes daily. We do have a refrigerator on site for children who prefer to bring their own lunches.
- Are there restrooms available?
- Yes, there are restrooms available.
- Are the classrooms at Taliesin West wheelchair accessible?
- Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark built between 1937 and 1959. As such, it was not designed or built to contemporary accessibility standards. The pathway for tours are not all paved and include gravel walkways, uneven steps and stairs. Narrow, steep-sloped ramps over steps are available for guests to use at their own discretion throughout the tour. Ramps are 26” in width with slopes ranging from 21 to 27 degrees.
- Is aftercare available?
- No, we do not offer aftercare for any of our camps.
- Is the program year round or only available during the summer?
- The Ceramics & Pottery camp is only offered during the summer. However, we do offer a variety of weekend classes during the school year.
- Are parents required to sign a liability waiver?
- Yes, all parents/legal guardians must fill out a liability form for each attending camper. The form can be downloaded and filled out ahead of time at http://www.franklloydwright.org/images/uploaded/CAMP_LIABILITY_FORM_2014.pdf
- Do you offer member discounts?
- Yes, we offer discounts on the camps for Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Members. Please note that members must show proof of membership at check-in.
- Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
- Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.
- Activity takes place rain or shine.
- The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability).
- All parents and guardians must fill out and sign a liability form for each camper.
- You can download and fill out the required liability form beforehand at http://www.franklloydwright.org/images/uploaded/CAMP_LIABILITY_FORM_2014.pdf
- Good behavior and conduct must be practiced during the camp.
- Campers must follow directions and be respectful to the instructors, their peers and their work.
Just minutes from downtown Scottsdale, Taliesin West is Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert masterpiece. In 1937, Wright and his apprentices built an architectural wonder out of the stone and sand that surrounded them in the Sonoran desert on the foothills of the McDowell Mountains. Many of those apprentices (“the Fellowship”) who worked and lived alongside Mr. Wright still live at Taliesin West, as do the current students and faculty of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture -- making Taliesin West an ongoing, vibrant community.
The Taliesin West experience is both immersive and powerful.
Come to Taliesin West and be inspired.