Frank Lloyd Wright, block exercise

As 4th graders are finishing their Georgia O’Keeffe watercolors, they are beginning to think about Frank Lloyd Wright.

When students finish, they have three choices:

1.  Go through the Frank Lloyd Wright books and write down 10 interesting facts you find.

2.  Draw your dream home

3. Build a building using 10 or less blocks and sketch it.  Then turn that sketch into a building.  It has been said that Frank Lloyd Wright used to play with blocks as a child and this is part of what inspired his designs!

According to my brother who is going to school for architecture in Denver and who is obsessed with Frank Lloyd Wright, this is something he put in his biography to support the claim that he was born to be an architect but it isn’t really true.  Either way, it’s a great way to recognize the geometric shapes in his designs!

Just look at all that team work and problem solving!

Side note to teachers:

Simply Wright by Diane Bresan Fleming has been a wonderful resource for us to look at Wright’s work in new ways.  This book breaks Wright’s art concepts down into categories like light, nature and many others.  This book is perfect for the elementary level.  I highly suggest this book to accompany any Frank Lloyd Wright lesson.  (Terrace Town 2000 has a spot in this book as well).

7 thoughts on “Frank Lloyd Wright, block exercise

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  2. Kudos on your Frank Lloyd Wright unit! Monona Terrace staff conducts workshops in Dane County schools using Froebel blocks, the same system that Wright used as a child.

    I would be happy to talk with anyone on the phone about how we teach with the blocks… they are a very powerful learning tool! 261-4015

    • Heather! You found my blog! : ) The kids STILL talk about Terrace Town. Every week someone asks me when we are going to do it again. What an impact!

      I will be calling you shortly to ask about a 4th grade field trip on March 10th. (Relating to their Frank Lloyd Wright unit).

      PS Any other art teachers ever need a wonderful resource, Heather is great to work with at the Monona Terrace. She’s very helpful!

      • Thanks for the shout out! Hey Madison Art Teacher… I hate to ask, who are you? I don’t find a name on the blog.

        Hope to see you and your students at MT soon.

        (No need to post this, I just need to know your identity:) Curiosity is killing me)

  3. I have done something similar in the past (but with k/1 students). It is neat to have the kids conceptualize something 3-D and make it, and then record it in 2-D. Usually the process sis the other way around. I might just have to try this with my older kids and incorporate Frank Lloyd Wright. Thanks!

  4. I ‘scored’ 7 sets of oak building blocks a few months ago (Kinder no longer has time in their schedules – all math & literacy now). The kids enjoy building with them but I was waiting for a specific lesson to get the most out of them. Frank Lloyd Wright spent his winters here in Arizona so that makes this lesson even more wonderful for me – thanks so much!!!

  5. I have a great set of blocks and the kids love to use them, however I have yet to find a constructive PROJECT for the kids to use these blocks with, other then just using them if they finish early… This could very well be a great connection to the FLW unit I already do! Thanks for sharing the great pictures.

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