High School Residency: Drawing Intensive

Fallingwater Education: Drawing Intensive

Learn to draw or refine your drawing skills at Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, one of America's most significant works of architecture.

High School Residency: Drawing Intensive is for students entering grades 10 through 12 who are curious about a career in the visual arts, design or architecture and/or who want to improve their drawing skills. This four-day program emphasizes sharpening observational and creative skills, learning and improving drawing abilities, and developing a body of work through a variety of drawing techniques, styles and media. All skill levels are welcome to apply.

Led by teaching artist Ivan Chow, this program provides an opportunity for students to examine and explore Frank Lloyd Wright's ideas, while living and studying at this remarkable site. Situated in the scenic Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania, Fallingwater serves as a catalyst for the investigation of the building, its history, construction and its relationship to the natural world.

Ivan Chow was born in England, grew up in Singapore and has worked in the U.S. as an artist and architect for more than 30 years. He has practiced the art of travel sketching throughout the world as a lens through which to observe and appreciate different cultures and people, and his style of sketching beautifully captures the atmosphere and character of local scenes. Ivan has degrees in architecture from UC Berkeley and Harvard Graduate School of Design and was a former dean at the Savannah College of Art and Design.  He has three adult children and lives with his wife in Savannah, Ga. (FB @ivanchowsketches, IG @qkkdraw)


Interdisciplinary workshops in creative thought and expression including:

  • Exceptional access to Fallingwater, opportunities to draw both interior and exterior
  • Studio instruction provided by a skilled teaching artist
  • Drawing exercises directly related to the house/site relationship
  • In-depth, scholarly discussions of Wright's principles of organic architecture
  • Portfolio preparation


Participants will stay at High Meadow, an award-winning residence designed by AIA Gold Medalist Architect Peter Bohlin, founding principal of the firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. The property is located on the Fallingwater campus within the 5,000-acre Bear Run Nature Reserve. High Meadow includes eight bedrooms, each with twin beds and a private bath as well as a kitchen and common areas for relaxing, dining and meeting. High Meadow’s setting, with its unsurpassed views of nearby Chestnut Ridge, is bound to inspire creativity.

Classes are held at the adjacent Cheteyan Studio and on-site at Fallingwater. Meals and snacks are provided, including some prepared by student participants.


Any student who has completed his or her freshman year in high school (entering grades 10 through 12) is eligible to apply. This program is appropriate for beginner through advanced student artists. Students curious about visual art, design or architecture careers are strongly encouraged to apply. Enrollment is limited.

Apply for High School Residency: Drawing Intensive

For more information, contact Fallingwater Institute Program Manager Marie Woof at mwoof@paconserve.org.

Sunday, July 11 at 4 p.m. to Friday, July 16, 2021 at noon

Tuition is $1,000, which includes housing, meals, studio materials, house tours and instruction.