Shaping Space is the Umlauf's after school outreach education program which sends teaching artists to schools across Austin.
For Fall 2020, the structure of Shaping Space will switch to distance learning for our Teaching Artists, and will have new focus as a 4-6 week clay curriculum integrated into ACE’s virtual afterschool format.
Shaping Space will be a series of 4-6 recorded videos that will be sent to our sites, around 10 sites in total. Participating schools will partner with Shaping Space for a curriculum with a challenge- Create Your Own Sculpture Garden. In the weeks that follow, students will map out the themes, concepts, and landscapes of their sculpture garden and create their own freestanding work of art from clay. Once a week, our Shaping Space Teaching Artist will host a facilitated check-in that helps push the curriculum along.
"I love being a teaching artist for shaping space because it gives me the opportunity to let artistic freedom and creative problem-solving touch the lives of kids who may not otherwise get to experience it. Letting kids create 3D objects using both conventional and unconventional materials helps them practice not only art-making, but fine motor skills, engineering, use of tools, and so much more. Having the opportunity to bring these experiences to kids, and seeing how much fun they're having while doing it, is a true joy!" — Teaching Artist
"Students loved the instructor and were very engaged by the activities, while also learning basic art concepts. Some specific feedback was that the activities were really 'different and interesting,' 'things that they had never thought about before,' and 'let's me relax after a long day,'." — Shaping Space Site Coordinator