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 built-in community where students could learn from each other, talk to each other, and share their work. And where I could clarify ideas and give feedback on the homework.
For fun, I named my test network Yum City, a place where you got all the nourishment you needed as a developing artist. But this idea grew on me...
For instance, what if it could be like early 20th century Paris? The place artists flocked to, not only for the first class art academies, but also to live a vibrant, communal artistic life beyond the classroom – conversations in cafes, visits to museums and exhibits, studio spaces in close proximity, the sharing of ideas and knowledge. This rich environment was one of the places that really nurtured the development of Abstract Art.
Yum City kept it's fun name, adopted some venerable Institutions as places to learn and connect, and opened it's gates in August 2020. Yum City University held it's first course, Abstract Composition - The Deep Dive, in September. Students from that course, together with many new members who joined from outside the course, participated wholeheartedly in the life of our new community and helped make Yum City a uniquely connected, informative and supportive gathering place for abstract artists.
I hope you will join us.
YUM CITY UNIVERSITY
YCU is our Institution of Higher Learning in Yum City. Our current course schedule for academic year 2021-2022 is:
Abstract Composition: Deep Dive Oct4, 2021
Kickstart Your Studio Practice January 2022
Abstract Composition: Deep Dive March 2022
We are also developing additional courses covering collage fundamentals and advanced study for developing abstract design. Please sign up for course announcements for further information.
"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, WA
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Frequently Asked Questions
How are Courses organized?
Yum City University, or YCU, is the institution of higher learning within Yum City and houses all our courses.
What is included in the City Center membership?
Is it hard to learn to navigate within Yum City?
New software is always a challenge, but we try to get you up and running with the basics quickly.
How do you keep Yum City from getting too big?
We are very committed to making sure Yum City is a kept to a size where you can get to know your fellow artists and follow each other's growth in your work. As our population grows we have the capability on our platform to create Neighborhoods, smaller groups with their own local meeting places. You will never be anonymous in Yum City, if you do not want to be. We believe we all have alot ot share and alot to gain from doing our work in community.
Do you have to be a collage artist to get the benefit of Yum City?
Not at all. We have many painters and mixed media artists in Yum City. Our common aim is that we like abstraction and the visual problems that abstraction presents. I personally just love the collage process as a way of constructing my work, but whatever materials you use are welcome here.
How is Yum City Organized?
Membership to Yum City is free. Just fill out your profile and you are wisked to our basic level membership area called The Pavilion. From there our offerings branch into two areas: Communities and Courses.