Advice from an architect

Are you considering a career in architecture or design? Are you looking to build your portfolio for college admission? Or are you simply curious about art, architecture, and design? Our single day design sessions challenge high school students to explore their creativity and critical-thinking skills through a range of techniques and media. Led by professional architects, artists, and designers, activities are designed to strengthen creative problem solving and visual literacy, while deepening participants’ understanding of the design field, and preparing them for college and beyond.

Grades 9 – 12. Participants must have completed grade 9. Join us for one or all three of our single-day sessions hosted at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park Studio. Sessions run from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm, and participants should bring their own lunches.

Session 1: The Architect as Artist

While technology has revolutionized architectural design, architects still rely on traditional media and hand drawn sketches to realize their vision. Learn how architects use sketches and perspective drawings to communicate designs to clients, and then hone your skills using ink and watercolor media to create your own sketches of Wright’s Prairie buildings in Oak Park. Participants will explore the architecture of the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District, practicing sketching as a means to observe and connect with their environment in a meaningful way.

Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Ages: Grades 9-12 (Participants must have completed grade 9)
Location: Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio; 951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302
Admission: $75 student; $65 FLWT members

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Session 2: Color/Pattern/Print: Designing in 2 Dimensions

From the hand printed textiles of the Arts and Crafts movement to the bold graphics of Marimekko’s iconic fabrics, pattern design flourished throughout the 20th century. Focusing on shape, pattern, and elements of color, participants will explore graphics, color theory, and composition while working with a professional print-maker to create portfolio-quality linoleum tile prints.

Date: Saturday, July 22, 2017 
Time: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Ages: Grades 9-12 (Participants must have completed grade 9)
Location: Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio; 951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302
Admission: $75 student; $65 FLWT members

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Session 3: Form/Shape/Mass: Designing in 3 Dimensions

Throughout history, architects, artists, and craftspeople have engaged with abstract pattern and ornament to enhance their creations. From Wright’s remarkable cast concrete ornamentation for Unity Temple (Oak Park, 1908) and Midway Gardens (Chicago, 1914), to the intricate filigree ironwork of David Adjaye’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington DC, 2016), architecture has incorporated decorative art to spectacular effect. With feedback from an expert and input from your peers, consider the relationship between pattern and structure, and then design and build a three-dimensional mold and cast your own architectural ornament in plaster.

Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Ages: Grades 9-12 (Participants must have completed grade 9)
Location: Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio; 951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302
Admission: $75 student; $65 FLWT members

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