The What

  • 6 weeks in depth learning experience

  • Each week's instruction includes:  written materials, video demos and live coaching calls.​

  • Online homework critiques from your instructors and the fellow residents in the private course group (not FB).​

  • Everything is hosted within the private community of Yum City.

The Why


When I came to Abstract, or non-representational, Art I was completely clueless. I had no idea what I was supposed to DO or how to begin.  All that I knew was that abstraction felt like my thing.

I remember having all these questions that none of my teachers could really answer.


  • How do I evaluate my work?

  • What is good and what is better?

  • What am I aiming for?

  • How do I get the different areas of the piece to connect?

  • And then... how do I get good at this?


To that last question: collage.


Collage is a natural for learning the art of arranging and combining. You get fast results, you can try many ideas without committing, and it is especially great for fresh ideas.

The How

In this course we will be doing simple collage on paper. You may use any materials that you like as your collage elements. Magazines, books, ephemera, painted papers--- anything you can cut and paste down will work. Collage can be supplemented with mark making, painting, etc.

Concepts are explained through text and images. We reference the work of some great artists to illustrate our ideas. The assignments section, each week, includes video demos to give students an idea of how they might approach the homework.  


Our course community environment allows you to upload your work and get comments from your instructor and fellow students. It's very much like Facebook in functionality but more organized and strictly private. We also have a live Zoom call each week to get instructor feedback on work submitted.

Ready for your next level?

If you have been at this abstract art thing for awhile, and are looking for deeper answers and a group to propel you forward, I hope you will join us.

The When

Course registration is currently closed. We hope to run this course again in Feb 2021.

Please join our waiting list to be notified when it opens again.

Thank you!


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