True to Form - Drawing Workshop

09/10/2020 - 10/01/2020


  • Free


Austin, TX



$40 In-Person Sesson
$30 Zoom Session
Members get 10% off!

Thursdays, 6pm-7:30pm


True to Form is a month-long teaching artistry series that explores the work of Charles Umlauf, his experimental and interdisciplinary forms, and his own role as a teaching artist at UT for 40 years.  In this series, we invite four practicing artists into the Garden to reinterpret an UMLAUF work through their own artistic vision and practice, and then reflect on that in an artistic skill building session with patrons. Four artists will unite under the same form or genre each month, but each week the styles and techniques will change from artist to artist, along the way reflecting on the experimentation seen in UMLAUF's own work in his nearly 60 years as an artist and a professor at UT.

 In September, we'll investigate figure drawing. Juxtaposing Umlauf's sculpture and live Figure Drawing, patrons can experiment with different techniques, and compare and contrast the figures depicted by Umlauf with the live models and concepts drawn from the practicing artist.


Sept 17: 

Elaine Almeida will join UMLAUF staff in a short discussion on her own investigation of an UMLAUF work, Icarus, and how the sculpture can become illuminated again through reading in with "tender" subjectivity. Elaine will chat with us about her style and origins, her process in practice, and begin the workshop by demonstrating her own attention to line and gesture when working from a live model. Elaine will then work alongside students in person and over Zoom to gain an understanding of how line and contour drawing can display both strength and tenderness in a figure.


Elaine Almeida is a freelance illustrator and artist. Her account Almeida(Again) highlights and meditates on the axiom "strength and tenderness." Self-taught, Almeida's digital sketches are minimalist romps in the lasting emotions of ephemeral moments, with a loving focus on queer men of color. Prints and tattoos of her artwork can be found across the globe. Almeida relaxes through her side-hustle as a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Journalism and Mass Communication program.


Sept 24:

Ryan Runcie will join UMLAUF staff in a short discussion about his work in comparison to an UMLAUF work, his style and its origins, and his own preferred process in his practice. Working alongside students in person and over Zoom, Ryan will give a demo and walkthrough of his own style of life drawing, and then will guide students through a series of exercises to help them explore their own creativity as artists studying the figure. 


Ryan Runcie is a color theorist and prolific artist, who is inspired by philosophic beliefs and experiences that ultimately change how we value others and ourselves. He has studied art passionately for nearly two decades and has many private works across the United States and public murals in Texas.  His portraits are inviting and expressive — dissolving the stigmas that skintones initially register in our minds.


Oct. 1:

Clare Drummond will join UMLAUF staff in a short discussion about her work in comparison to an UMLAUF work, her style and its origins, and her own preferred process in her practice. Working alongside students in person and over Zoom, Clare will give a demo and walkthrough of how she approaches figure drawing with a live model, and then will work collaboratively with students to gain an understanding of how to experiment with our mode of seeing as artists and folks studying the figure.


Clare Drummond is an artist and graphic/landscape designer living in Austin, TX. She is a passionate believer in the power of environment and context to shape experience and uses drawing as a tool to document that process. Clare also co-runs the Austin-based Spend Time Zine Mart.

We will provide everyone with materials, chairs, and easels, unless people would prefer to bring their own. Classes will be outdoors so be sure to bring plenty of water!