Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
Don't forget! April Homeschool Day will be held in person on Thursday, April 8 at 11 am.
Have you ever heard of architecture? Well, architecture is the design of the buildings that we see around us every day. Houses, schools, museums, places of worship, stores ... even monuments, bridges, and castles. All buildings big and small were designed by an "architect"!
Architects are artists, but instead of designing paintings or sculptures, they design buildings that are used for specific purposes. The earliest buildings in history were simple and build for protection. As time went on, however, they began to get more elaborate and visually beautiful.
The Great Pyramids from ancient Egypt are an early example of how architecture was used in a new and beautiful way! Here are some images of different kinds of architecture across the world. You can practice being an architect by using your own blocks or found objects at home!
He was born on June 8, 1867 in Wisconsin. He designed more than 1,000 buildings, including banks, hotels and resorts, office buildings, homes, places of worship, museums, and even a gas station!
He created what he described as "organic architecture." His buildings all seemed to be connected to nature and shared harmony with the Earth. You can see this in his building Fallingwater (1935), which has been called "the best all-time work of American architecture." Can you see how the building resembles rocks as the water flows down? What else do you notice?
"Young Frank, Architect, MoMA’s first storybook for kids ages 3-8, follows the adventures of Young Frank, a resourceful young architect who lives in New York City with his grandfather, Old Frank, who is also an architect. Young Frank sees creative possibilities everywhere, and likes to use anything he can get his hands on—macaroni, old boxes, spoons, and sometimes even his dog, Eddie—to creates things like chairs out of toilet paper rolls and twisting skyscrapers made up of his grandfather’s books.
But Old Frank is skeptical; he doesn’t think that’s how real architects make things. One day, donning matching bow ties, straw boater hats, and Le Corbusier-inspired glasses, they visit The Museum of Modern Art, where they see the work of renowned architects like Frank Gehry and Frank Lloyd Wright. And they learn that real architects do in fact create wiggly chairs, twisty towers, and even entire cities.
Inspired by what they see, Young Frank and Old Frank return home to build structures of every shape and size: “tall ones, fat ones, round ones, and one made from chocolate chip cookies.”
Cover of Young Frank, Architect, published by The Museum of Modern Art
Summary from Hannah Kim, Marketing and Book Development Coordinator, Department of Publications.
Time to get creative! Here is what you will need:
- Construction paper
- Markers, crayons, or paint