UPDATE: Due to popular demand, this program is fully booked. Please check this page next summer for announcements about the 2021-22 program. Or click here to sign up for our e-news.

Be inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s design legacy as you participate in the Teaching by Design professional development series at the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust!

Consisting of four separate sessions for educators, the series empowers participants to increase the presence of American art, design, and architecture in the classroom.

Each session includes an inquiry-based tour and accompanying workshop, where teachers will engage with the 8 Studio Habits of Mind:

  1. Develop Craft
  2. Engage and Persist
  3. Envision
  4. Express
  5. Observe
  6. Reflect
  7. Stretch and Explore
  8. Understand Art World 

As a student-centered approach designed to build critical thinking skills through artmaking, the Studio Thinking Framework can be utilized across multiple subject areas. Learn more about Studio Thinking and how to better integrate art in the classroom through our free Teaching by Design workshops.

During each workshop, teachers will be equipped with basic artmaking supplies and materials to bring design thinking into their classroom. Participants will learn about the many free lesson plans and resources already available on the Teaching by Design website before developing new lesson plans and content that can be used by teachers for years to come.

Educators will participate in a series of four workshops, which take place on Saturdays:

  • October 24, 2020
  • January 9, 2021
  • March 20, 2021
  • May 8, 2021


  • 9 -10:30 am, in-person tour in either Hyde Park or Oak Park
  • 1 - 4 pm, virtual workshop from participants’ homes

This program is supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art and is free to registrants.

Please note our current safety protocols:

  • All staff and guests are required to wear face masks.
  • Social distancing practices are observed.
  • We have implemented increased cleaning and sanitation practices in all our spaces.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are conveniently located at our sites.

Terra Foundation For American Art Teaching by Design was created with the generous support of the Terra Foundation for American Art.
IMLS logo This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant number MA-10-19-0500-19.