Introduction to Photography

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

Zerve Seller: TaliesinWest
Activity #6819
  • Discover Wright’s ability to integrate indoor & outdoor spaces such as the Cabaret Theater, Music Pavilion as well as Wright's office.

  • Experience Wright’s architectural genius on our 3-hour Behind the Scenes Tour that includes guest speakers and even mid-morning tea.

  • Explore the desert area while your guide reveals how native materials and landforms were translated into design elements by Wright.

  • Discover some of the beautiful desert trails surrounding Taliesin West & gain insight into Frank Lloyd Wright's School of Architecture.

  • Wright's creation at night takes on a luminous, jewel-like quality and the structures, lit from within, form a truly dramatic setting.

  • On our educational Junior Architect Tour, school-age children and their parents get to learn how architecture impacts their lives.

  • We also schedule private tours of Wright's Taliesin West with an architect or personal tour guide for individuals or small groups.

  • Special tours for large groups can be arranged for guests looking to experience both the interior and exterior areas of Taliesin West.

The Introduction to Photography class is not currently available. Please check our calendar for other fantastic alternatives!

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The landmark architecture of Taliesin West is the backdrop for a weeklong photographic journey. Learn the tools needed to take control of a camera including aperture, shutter speed and ISO, while applying creative approaches to composition, image framing and light and shadow challenges. Students must provide their own fully manual camera and corresponding USB cable.
Participants will:
  • Take an in-depth tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous winter home and studio at Taliesin West
  • Spend time each day taking photographs of the estate and surrounding Sonoran desert
  • Edit and experiment with special effects using a computer
Fee covers an entire weekend of class, lunch and materials.

Students in grades 7-12:
Oct. 4-5, Sat. (10am-6pm) and Sun. (10am-4pm) | $200 
Students at least 18 years old:
Sept. 13-14, Sat. (10am-6pm) and Sun. (10am-4pm) | $200 
Nov. 8-9, Sat. (10am-6pm) and Sun. (10am-4pm) | $200 

*A minimum of 3 students must be enrolled for the class to take place.

Meeting Location

Taliesin West (Scottsdale, AZ) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
Do I have to register in advance?
Yes, advance registration for a class is required at least 68 hours before the class 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 age limit varies depending on when the class takes place. Adults ages 18 and over: Sept. 13-14 and Nov. 8-9. Children in grades 9-12: Oct. 4-5.
Is prior experience needed for this class?
No, prior experience is not needed for this class.
Does the class take place indoors or outdoors?
The class takes place primarily indoors; however, there will be daily instances where students will be outdoors. We advise that students bring a water bottle.
Is the classroom air-conditioned?
Yes, students will be working in air-conditioned spaces at Taliesin West.
Will class still be held in case of bad weather?
Yes, class takes place rain or shine.
What should students wear?
We recommend comfortable clothing and shoes, along with a hat and sunscreen.
Are materials provided?
Students are required to bring a fully manual, digital camera along with a corresponding USB chord.
Is lunch provided?
Yes, lunch will be provided.
What is included for lunch?
The menu for lunch changes daily. We do have a refrigerator on site for those 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 the program year round?
The Introduction to Photography class is offered on certain weekends throughout the year. We also have Photographing Wright camps for children grades 7-12 during the Summer.
Are students required to sign a liability waiver?
Yes, all students must fill out a liability form. The form can be downloaded and filled out ahead of time at
Do you offer member discounts?
Yes, we offer discounts on the classes for Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Members. Please note that members must show proof of membership at check-in.


Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.

Weather Policy

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).

Other Policies

All participants must fill out and sign a liability form.
You can download and fill out the required liability form beforehand at


Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is proud to present, Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s world-famous home and architectural laboratory, which offers guests the unique, immersive experience of a powerful and extremely personal National Historic Landmark.

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.
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1 (800) 979-3370
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