Next Offering: October 26, 2020

Registration begins October 19. Email us and we will send you a reminder!

Are you new to abstract painting? Are you coming back to painting after a long hiatus? Are you wondering how to use different materials, what materials you should use, how to express yourself? Do you lack confidence to explore your creative path on your own? Do you feel stuck and in a rut, painting the same way over and over because you lack knowledge of some of the basic fundamentals of non objective painting and don’t know what would help?
I have been where you are and know the struggle. I know from first hand experience it’s hard to soldier on alone. I can help guide you through these issues so that you will come to trust your own creative intuition and approach your painting practice confidently and better understand your own creative process.

What Does the Course Include?

Dive Into Abstract Painting is designed to be completed in 6 weeks. Through a series of written materials and video studio demonstrations and exercises organized into learning modules we will explore     ⟹

The course includes 4 live 1 hour scheduled Zoom q and a sessions where you can ask questions and get advice.  We will conclude the course with a live 2 hour Zoom painting session where we will work on a surprise exercise together designed to integrate what you have learned.

The course also includes membership in our private Facebook Community Art Smart. There you can share your work, the assignments you work on through the course, your thoughts and ideas and interact with artists just like you, gaining courage and inspiration.

You also have the opportunity to power up your learning!

Add 2 live private 30 minute scheduled Zoom conversations with Julie where you can discuss your concerns, your progress and your work.
  • How to get and stay loose

  • What materials to start with

  • How to set up your studio

  • How to find your painting voice

  • Fundamentals of color, value and composition

  • Various ways to start a painting

  • How to build depth through layering

  • How to work through your painting to the finish line.

Course Curriculum

  • 1


    • [To Do] Download Adobe Acrobat Reader Software

    • [Read] How To Use The Learning Portal

    • [Watch] Welcome To Dive Into Abstract Painting

    • [To Do] Join Our Private Facebook Group

  • 2

    Live Sessions With Julie Schumer: Group Q & A

    • [Read] How Your Q & A Sessions Work

    • [Read] How To Get The Most Out Of Your Q & A Sessions

    • Group Q & A Schedule

    • [To Do] Your Question

  • 3


    • [Watch] Finding Your Way

    • [Read] Finding Your Way

    • [Watch] Tips To Get And Stay Loose

    • [Read] Tips For Getting And Staying Loose

  • 4

    Module 1: Basic Materials And Setting Up Your Studio

    • [Read] What Materials To Buy And Where To Buy Them

    • [Watch] What Materials Do I Need?

    • [Watch] Gesso Your Paper

    • [Watch] Making A Stay Wet Palette

    • [Read] Setting Up Your Studio

    • [Challenge] Materials

  • 5

    Module 2: Create Harmonious Palettes In A Range Of Values

    • [Read] Color And Value Fundamentals

    • [Watch] What We Will Be Doing

    • [Watch] Create A Monochromatic Palette

    • [Watch] Create A Neutral Palette

    • [Watch] Create Endless Harmonious Color With Black, White, Reds And Yellows

    • [Challenge] Color

  • 6

    Module 3: Make your Mark: Working with Line

    • [Watch] Mark Making Introduction

    • [Read] Using Line In Your Work

    • [Watch] Automatic Drawing

    • [Watch] Find Your Signature Marks

    • [Watch] Combining Marks With Paint In 2 Parts

    • [Challenge] Mark Making

  • 7

    Module 4: Exploring Composition

    • [Listen] Composition Tips

    • [Read] Exploring Composition

    • [Watch] Before you Start the Composition Exercises

    • [Watch] Dividing Space and Eye Flow

    • [Watch] Dividing Space and Eye Flow: Expanding the surface

    • [Watch] Creating A Focal Point

    • [Challenge] Composition

  • 8

    Module 5: Starting A Painting And Building Up Depth

    • [Watch] Introduction

    • [Watch] Start Your Painting With Rhythm

    • [Watch] Start Your Painting By Repeating A Motif

    • [Challenge] Starting A Painting

  • 9

    Module 6: Taking Your Painting To The Finish Line

    • [Watch] Demonstration Of Finishing A Painting

    • [Watch] Knowing When A Painting Is Finished

    • [Read] When Is A Painting Finished?

    • [Challenge] Finishing A Painting

  • 10


    • [Watch] Conclusion

    • Before You Go...

By the end of the course you will have

  • Set up your studio, organized and experimented with your materials and tools, and adopted the right mindset.

    Learned the fundamentals of color and how to mix a monochromatic palette, neutral palette, and harmonious 4 color palette as well as endless color using black, white, red and yellow.

    Discovered your own, unique mark making vocabulary and how to energize your work with marks.

  • Learned various ways to start a painting so you are never at a loss.

    Learned what makes a bold, dynamic composition and how to divide the space on the picture plane to lead your viewer’s eye through your painting.

    Learned how to create a focal point or area of interest in your painting

  • Created depth and layers in your work using flux and obliteration.

    Created a painting from start to finish.

    Learned a set of criteria you can use to evaluate when your painting is finished.


  • How long do I have access to the course?

    You will have full access for 6 months and to the Facebook community for as long as you want.

  • Do I have access to the full course at once?

    The first 3 modules are available on June 29, 2020. The second 3 modules will be available on July 15, 2020. That way, you will have plenty of time to work through each module.

  • What is your refund policy?

    Upon your request, you will receive a full no questions asked refund within 10 days of the course starting.

  • What do I do if I have support issues with accessing the course?

    Send Julie an email to and we will resolve your issue as quickly as possible.


What Others Say About Julie’s workshops

  • Thanks for this amazing course. It allowed me to join from a distance and learn a lot. I was a bit stuck in my comfort zone lately, you definitely threw me out of it. Here in Amsterdam it is kind of tough to find abstract courses and I did not know where to start to push my boundaries and explore new ways. Despite the distance I really feel it was an amazing course. I learnt a lot, in all directions, and it is so helpful to see how you work on your own paintings, it made me embrace the moments where I get stuck in the middle of a process, or push me to find the direction within the painting itself. Since there was no one there next to me it taught me to be self critical but inspired and supported by you and the community of your Facebook group.
    -Anna Tabellini

  • The course is brilliantly organized and very well structured. Julie is an amazing painter and a teacher who’s really pleasant and motivating to listen to and watch. The whole material covers useful key points.

    The course is fantastic. It opens doors to a new area and liberates you from classical and conventional approaches to painting and art.
    -Elvis Monic

  • An experience that I believe has taken my approach to painting to a new level. This experience is comparable to a spiritual break through for me in the sense that once a realization or understanding happens, it can never be un-learned. I have been liberated from some old habitual boring patterns that no longer serve me and this workshop experience has added new approaches and spaciousness to my process.
    -Laura Tarnoff

Sign Up Now And Save!

From October 19 to October 23 2020, the cost is $497, which includes:

  • A private FaceBook community:  Connect, share your work and interact with your fellow artists ($497 value)
  • 4 Live scheduled Zoom q and a sessions during the course ($400 value)
  • A 2 hour live Zoom painting session at the end of the course ($200 value) This is a new addition to the class!
  • A bonus handout on tips to strengthen your creative voice ($100 value)

  • Total value:  $1247

    The course is $497 from October 19 to October 23.  From October 24th to the 26th it's $547.  Register now and save $100! Just pick your payment option.
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