Enrich your curriculum through professional development workshops that explore core connections between design and math, science, technology, reading, writing, and communication. Topic-focused sessions foster experiential learning using open-ended discussion, cooperative group experiences, and critical thinking activities based upon Wright’s vision for a modern American architecture.

Teaching by Design

Teaching by Design

TERRA Foundation for American ArtsWith the generous support of the Terra Foundation for American Art, Designing a Better World will be expanding to include Frank Lloyd Wright: Teaching by Design. This project includes a series of dynamic teacher professional development events, design resources, and a new education website for teachers. With this project, educators will explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s visionary design philosophy and be able to introduce his uniquely American design legacy in Chicago and its impact on America’s visual culture to students.

Teaching by Design began in October 2016 with the first professional development event of the series, and will continue through 2017 concluding with the launch of a new website. This will enable the Trust to expand its educational outreach efforts and provide a 21st century platform for online resources that are accessible and scalable based on classroom needs. Website content will include:

  • Design-based lessons and activities aligned with STEM/STEAM goals and Common Core Standards that nurture individual vision and design creativity
  • Teaching strategies that integrate art and design into daily classroom instruction
  • An interactive timeline of Wright’s design legacy, placing it within context of significant movements in the history of modern art and design
  • Tools presenting the elements of design and arts vocabulary to increase visual literacy and the ability to analyze design concepts and ideas
  • An educator’s membership that includes free access to the website and professional development events, as well as discounted rates for in-class programs with Trust Educators.

Upcoming Professional Development Event Dates:

April 1, 2017
October 14, 2017

Time: 10 am  – 2 pm
Location: Frederick C. Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago

Each attendee will be provided with lunch along with a different classroom set of art supplies at each event.

Registration opens to CPS teachers February 15, 2017. Registration for all teachers opens March 15, 2017. Space is limited. To register contact the Education Department at 708.725.3828 or educate@flwright.org.

The program is free to registrants.

BlickOur special thanks to BLICK art materials for their support of Teaching by Design with additional supplies and discounts for participating teachers.


Design Studio for Educators

Home and Studio

Engage in the design process as you explore either Wright’s Robie House or the Home and Studio during an interactive, inquiry-based tour and workshop.

At the Home and Studio explore Wright’s residence and workplace for the first twenty years of his career. The birthplace of Wright’s new American architecture, the building offers remarkable insight into the origins of Wright’s visionary design philosophy. After your tour, join the design legacy of Wright’s studio as you discover the Froebel® design method in Wright’s Drafting Room. It was in this space that Wright designed many of the greatest buildings of his Chicago years, including Unity Temple, the Avery Coonley house, and his Prairie masterpiece, the Frederick C. Robie house.

At the Robie House, experience Wright’s consummate expression of his Prairie style. The Robie House was designed as an integral whole—site and structure, interior and exterior, furniture, ornament and architecture, each element of the design is connected. Unrelentingly horizontal in its elevation and a dynamic configuration of sliding planes in its plan, the Robie House is the most innovative and forward thinking of all Wright’s Prairie houses. After your tour, build and design with Pentominoes in the billiard room.

The total program length at each site option is 2.5 hours. In Oak Park, the Historic Neighborhood Walking Tour can be added for an additional fee. Discussion includes the influence of geometry on Wright’s design and architectural concepts, the relationship between utility and aesthetics, the importance of inquiry, and how architecture and design can be integrated into your classroom (STEAM).

This program is booked privately. Hours vary according to the season. For more information or to schedule a program, contact the education department at 708.725.3828 or email educate@flwright.org.

Fee: $50 Per Person

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