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New Frank Lloyd Wright ‘virtual classroom’ offers design-minded lessons and activities

The six-week program for K–12 will cover topics like color, shape, and drawing

Group of people walking by a low-slung building in the desert.
Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter retreat and current home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
Jill Richards courtesy Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

In the time of social distancing, learning has taken on a whole new dimension. Namely, it’s happening at home, and it’s happening online. For any young architecture and design fans cooped up at home right now, an intriguing new virtual education opportunity is on the way.

Starting April 15, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is launching the “Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Classroom,” a six-week program designed to help students (K–12) use the iconic architect’s life and work as a jumping off point for learning.

The foundation worked with Arizona’s Paradise Valley School District to develop the curriculum, which it describes as “STEAM-focused mini-lessons” that pull in a variety of subject matters from art to math to a little bit of design theory.

The first lesson, which is available now, is like a mini design history lesson that focuses on Wright’s life. After watching a video, students are asked to ponder a question they probably have never been asked: “How like Wright are you?”

The rest of the lesson plans will be rolled out once a week on Wednesdays, and will cover topics like color, shape, and drawing. At the end of the course, students are tasked with making a final project inspired by Wright’s work. For parents looking for an alternative education to their already alternative education arrangement, it’s a neat (and free) way to bake a little design knowledge into a daily lesson plan and disguise it as fun.