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Our Mission

Shaping Space is the Umlauf's after school outreach education program which sends teaching artists to Title 1 elementary schools across Austin. Our main objective is to provide children access to quality lessons and materials that expose them to art, sculpture, and nature. Our desire is to inspire students to pursue careers and accelerate their interest in arts and culture.

Child making crafts

Hiring: Shaping Space
Spring 2024 Guest Artists
Fall 2024 Teaching Artists

The UMLAUF Sculpture Garden + Museum is seeking Teaching Artists to be involved in our after-school program Shaping Space. Through this program, we aim to promote social-emotional learning (SEL) and foster the development of fine motor skills, and tool usage, among many other essential skills through the arts.

Dependent on availability, The UMLAUF's Shaping Space wants Teaching Artists and Guest Substitute Artists who are both interested and experienced in art instruction and working with students from diverse backgrounds. The program consists of reoccurring one-two hour weekly art classes, on elementary school campuses.

Please upload your resume.

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What position are you interested in?
Which days of the week are you available? All shifts are between 3PM-6PM.

Tell us about your background and experience in the fields of art and education.

Provide an example of a hands-on art activity or project suitable for elementary school students that promotes fine motor skills and creativity.

What strategies will you use to ensure all students feel supported and encouraged to participate actively in class?

How will you adjust your teaching methods to accommodate students of different abilities or skill levels?

How will you assess students' progress in the program? What methods will you use to track their development over time?

Is there anything else you want to share with us? Do you have any questions for the Programs Manager?


For Schools: Shaping Space Enrollment Inquiry

Shaping Space uses a supply kit for curriculum. Do you have the capacity to organize and distribute kits to your participating students?



"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

Kid playing hopscotch at UMLAUF
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