Prairie School Adventures
Learning the Wright Way
Prairie School Adventures is a series of interactive educational programs for children in grades 2-6. With the architectural principles of Frank Lloyd Wright and Unity Temple as inspiration, Prairie School Adventures explores the relationship of architecture to visual arts, geometry, history, social studies, science and technology. Programs integrate key concepts such as historic preservation and sustainable design, and create enriching experiences through hands-on art projects, dialogue between local architectural professionals and students, and site visits to significant local landmarks.
Programs will resume in 2017, following completion of the Unity Temple restoration. Examples of past summer programs are listed here.
Light, acoustics, nature, space, and sensation – they all stimulate a child’s curiosity and imagination. With Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture as a catalyst, campers will experience design and discover how it shapes the way we feel. Each day campers will take on a different theme and explore a different mode of expression – touring Unity Temple and the Home & Studio, creating their own perspective drawings, designing their own chairs, even constructing edible treats to enhance their sensory journeys.
Frank Lloyd Wright and the Art of Japan ::
Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s most famous architect, was greatly inspired by the art of Japan. He returned from his first trip to Japan in 1905 with new ideas on nature, architecture, and design. Campers will participate in a week-long exploration of Unity Temple and other Wright structures to see how the architect imported Japanese elements into his work. To start, campers will make their own Japanese-style sketchbooks to be used throughout the week. Activities include the Japanese arts of ikebana, origami, zen gardens, and print making. At the end of the week, we will hold a traditional tea ceremony — with families invited to participate.