For Fellow Artists...
a better way to practice your art!
In our online artist society.  We provide inspiration, education, and a private community of like-mind's to support your artistic growth.
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     When the 2020 pandemic struck and all of my in-person workshops were cancelled, I decided to start teaching my own online courses.  But I wanted more than just video courses, I wanted real interaction with artists to facilitate the learning. I wanted a classroom where students could learn from each other, talk to each other, and share their work.

         The name Yum City was an accident, the name of my first Tumblr blog that celebrated all the great art I was finding on the web back in 2010.  It was a temp name but then it began to create something in my mind. It suggested more than a school, more like a society.  Early 20th century Paris, the city that artists flocked to for art education and the vibrant cafe society, started to blossom in my head.

         And so Yum City was built and opened its doors in August 2020.  We held our first course, Abstract Composition - The Deep Dive, in September. This was a proof of concept that we could offer a more immersive and personal form of art instruction in the online environment. The testimonials, here, are evidence of our results.

         But we are not just about the courses.  I wanted to make sure that Yum City was a place artists could grow and improve their work on a day to day basis.  It is like a virtual residency, where you have the support of fellow artists within an environment specially built for nurturing your art.

"Her classes are worth it for the spot-on critiques alone, and the community they attract, continuing on in a private art group, is invaluable. " - Liz Ruest   

What Our Residents Say...

Kim Evans, USA

Patricia W., CAN

Yum City is a unique, friendly on-line community for those interested in abstract art -- and especially abstract collage.  Melinda Tidwell, Yum City's mayor, is a witty, inspiring teacher and creative coach. The site is rich with resources, technical tips and learning opportunities. Members are so supportive of one another. I love seeing the work others are posting ,and receiving their thoughtful, constructive comments when I ask for feedback on my own work . Through Melinda's courses and my Yum City Membership, I have grown as an artist in so many ways. I highly recommend Yum City and its learning culture to others.  

Kim Evans, USA

My membership in Yum City is one of the best creative decisions I've made. This group provides encouragement and help developing abstract collage art.  Thanks to Melinda's guidance, my work continually improves.  I am always excited to see the inspiration she provides on a weekly basis.  I highly recommend Yum City to anyone who is interested in developing their abstract collage design skills.

Suzanne Gore, USA

Yum City is the best thing to happen to me artistically in 2020. The opportunity to connect with other artists and to have deadlines allowed me to actually create, post and share. In addition, Melinda also provides information on other artists to study, which has changed my perspective and practice completely. The Abstract Design Course was wonderful. I look at composition, and so all art, in a new and much more knowledgeable way. I am so grateful there is an upcoming class, with deadlines, to force my productivity back into action! Thank you so much, Melinda. 


Yum City Courses

We mean to kick off this new year with a burst of good energy and in-depth information to get your art practice on solid, consistent, ground. The course is 4 weeks.

We start Monday, January 11, 2021.


Course registration is currently closed. We plan to run this course again in March 2021.  Please join our waitlist to be notified when it opens again.

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With the help of a well organized, highly focused, team!


Melinda Tidwell


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