Welcome to Azgour Art Group!


Azgour Art Group is an active art community and dynamic learning platform supporting artists – regardless of medium, style, and experience level – to take their paintings to the next level. 

 

Azgour Art group provides a rich educational program of engaging live discussions, professionally edited video demonstrations, relevant content, flexible creative work, an interactive community space, and just the right amount of structure to help artists build and maintain a fruitful art-making practice and to create consistently strong paintings.


The four integrated parts of Azgour Art Group – Creative Work, Class Meetings + Critiques, Forums, and Content – reinforce one another to maximize progress.



CLASS MEETINGS + CRITIQUES

Class Meetings We meet twice per month for 60-minute live Zoom sessions where we discuss topics specific to painters. We dive deep into concept development and process, using examples from art history and member posts to illustrate concepts of focus.
 
Class Meetings are recorded so you can watch and re-watch them anytime.


Live Class Meeting are conducted on Zoom twice per month and recorded for easy access.


Critiques – These provide a great learning opportunity. Members can schedule additional Live or Private Critiques to discuss their Projects at any stage from planning to completion.



CREATIVE WORK

The main focus of our group is our Creative Work – Projects, Assignments, Exercises, and Challenges. All are optional – set your own pace and repeat as you like. Feel free to post your work in the Forums spaces for peer feedback.

The Creative Work you do is based on your preferred Focus Track.

 

Projects – A Project is a group of paintings defined by your own scope and pace. You're encouraged to work on these paintings and will have the opportunity to receive instructor and peer feedback by posting your proposal, works in progress, and/or completed paintings in the Forums spaces and/or by scheduling a Critique.

If you’re diving into a Project, the seven-unit structure helps you plan, start, and complete groups of paintings within your own scope and timeline. You reflect on previous works, propose a new project, develop the pieces to completion, evaluate the results, and repeat.

 

Challenges – Challenges are 28-Day focused practice which engage members with daily creative activity encouraging building a habit of art-making and focusing on the process rather than the results.

Designed to take 5-15 minutes per day, Challenges are a great way to train yourself to focus on getting things done, rather than struggling in pursuit of perfection. Timing yourself on Challenges makes it easier to fit them into your daily routine and puts the focus on quantity and repetition instead of quality and completion. There is no right or wrong way to complete them.

 

Assignments – Assignments mainly consist on creating experimental paintings with a specific focus. These can be done on small canvases or heavyweight paper. They're designed for to take about 1 hour each. Feel free to post assignments in the Assignments Forums page for the current term for peer feedback.

 

Exercises – Exercises are mainly focused on short drawing and planning related to the current topic. These are designed to take about 30 minutes each and can be done directly in your sketchbook. 




FORUMS
This is where active members interact by sharing their Creative Work and exchanging feedback, resources, and ideas in a safe space. Every Project post receives instructor feedback and we often discuss member submissions during the Class Meetings.



CONTENT

A growing library of Topics, Video Demonstrations, Short Lectures, and External Resources are available to all active members. Creative work aligns to the content in seven repeating Units.

 

Units – The 4-month course takes you through stages of the painting process, from conception to completion as you formulate your unique proposal and dive in as you like. At the completion of the term, we evaluate and reflect on our progress and then we begin again.



Envisioning our painting process differently through the seven repeating Units.


The seven-unit structure facilitates your progress as you plan, develop, and complete
Projects – groups of paintings – of your own scope. Take it at your pace and repeat.

 


Topics – Original illustrated articles provide a strong foundation for specific topics related to various painting concepts, processes, and mediums.

Video Demos – A growing number of professionally produced video demonstrations provide a deep dive into concepts and process. New videos are added periodically.


Topics and Video Demos reinforce topics covered in Class Meetings.




Short Lectures – The most important segments from previous Class Meetings are compiled into compact Short Lectures in a growing library of videos, each 20 minutes or less.

 

External Resources – A carefully curated library of resources on the web – articles, videos, websites, presentations, and books – to facilitate expanded study.




Exhibitions + Guest Artists + Special Events


Members' Exhibitions – Members are invited to submit their completed paintings for our Members' Exhibition, taking place three times per year. This virtual exhibition is hosted on our website and available for view by the public. 

 

Guest Artists – Starting in 2023, we will have Guest Artists who will be invited to speak about their work and/or demonstrate painting processes specific to their work.

 

Special Events – Starting in 2023, we will host Special Events. For example, we are planning a Members Meetup in April.




Why I Created Azgour Art Group

We have a wonderful opportunity here. Through the versatile format of the web, we can interact in ways that would be impossible in the traditional studio classroom.

I’ve drawn upon my experience as a professional artist and university lecturer for fifteen years to create Azgour Art Group -- a flexible learning platform and interactive community supporting artists to take their paintings to the next level.

I created Azgour Art Group for two reasons: first, I love teaching, and second, the online format is ideal for working with artists. Because of the flexibility, I can focus on creating excellent content and a wonderful community while members can make use of the resources however they see fit. This combination has created such a great opportunity and I’m still ecstatic about what’s possible in the future.

 

Membership Cost

Azgour Art Group is an active art community operating in the form of a membership. Active members have complete access to all content and features.

 

Paid Monthly

$42 / month   ($504/Year)

You can begin your one-month free trial membership at any time directly on the website. Once you’ve activated your account, you will have access to all content, class meetings, and Forums spaces. Membership automatically renews monthly and can be canceled at any time.

 

             

How to Join

To start your one-month free trial membership, sign up directly on the website – azgourartgroup.com.


From the homepage, follow these two easy steps:


1.   CREATE A LOGIN Click ‘Signup’ at the top right of the homepage. The username and password you choose will be your login access to the Azgour Art Group platform.

2.   SUBSCRIBE – Next, you’ll subscribe for the monthly membership:

a.   Login to azgourartgroup.com

b.  Click ‘Course Catalog’ at the top right of the homepage.

c.   From there, you will see a list of course units, each with an orange button on the right which read, ‘Subscribe ($42.00).’ Click any one of those buttons.

d.  On the next page, click the blue with the same label.

e.   Once you’ve activated your account, you’ll have access to all content, class meetings, and Forums spaces within a few hours.


You’ll have an automatic one-month trial membership, with no cost or commitment. During your trial period, if you feel the group is not for you, just cancel your membership within one month and you won't be charged anything.

 


Personal Guarantee

Cancel Membership with No Questions Asked – We believe Azgour Art Group will become an integral tool for your artistic development. However, we understand if you find it’s just not for you. Membership can be canceled at any time with no questions asked directly from the website or by sending us an email.

If you are not 100% satisfied with your experience, we will refund your payment for the current period.

 

Contact

If you have any questions or comments, email us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible –  azgourartgroup@gmail.com



 

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