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ART 98 WA — Unleashing Creativity Through Explorations in Mixed Media

Quarter: Spring
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Apr 2—May 4
Drop Deadline: Apr 5
Unit: 1
Tuition: $330
Instructor(s): Michael Azgour
Limit: 65
Status: Open
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 4/5 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 4/10 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Apr 2—May 4
5 weeks
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Apr 5
1 Unit
Michael Azgour
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 4/5 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 4/10 at 5:00 pm (PT).
This course is designed for students of all levels who want to enrich themselves by having a creative art practice in their daily lives. Unlike a traditional art studio course, this five-week intensive will guide participants through daily exercises where the focus is spending more time making and less time analyzing. By experimenting with mixed media in nontraditional ways, we will turn our attention toward engaging the creative process rather than seeking to master a specific medium.

Daily prompts will offer students guided explorations using a variety of media—including graphite, ink, watercolor, photography, and collage. Each experiment is intended to be completed in a short sitting, although students are free to dedicate as much time as they feel is necessary and can complete exercises whenever it’s most convenient for them. Two optional assignments will allow students to focus on a single topic and develop it further if they choose. Students will have the opportunity to share their results with the rest of the class and the instructor for feedback, if they desire it.


  • Course sizes are limited.
    You won't have 5,000 classmates. This course's enrollment is capped at 65 participants.

  • Frequent interaction with the instructor.
    You aren't expected to work through the material alone. Instructors will answer questions and interact with students on the discussion board and through weekly video meetings.

  • Study with a vibrant peer group.
    Stanford Continuing Studies courses attract thoughtful and engaged students who take courses for the love of learning. Students in each course will exchange ideas with one another through easy-to-use message boards as well as optional weekly real-time video conferences.

  • Direct feedback from the instructor.
    Instructors will review and offer feedback on assignment submissions. Students are not required to turn in assignments, but for those who do, their work is graded by the instructor.

  • Courses offer the flexibility to participate on your own schedule.
    Course work is completed on a weekly basis when you have the time. You can log in and participate in the class whenever it's convenient for you. If you can’t attend the weekly video meetings, the sessions are always recorded for you and your instructor is just an email away.

  • This course is offered through Stanford Continuing Studies.
    To learn more about the program, visit our About Us page. For more information on the online format, please visit the FAQ page.

Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course and can expect to spend an additional $35–$50 on these materials.

Because of the higher enrollment compared with a traditional on-campus art studio course, students will not receive instructor feedback on daily posts. Students may request light instructor feedback on two assignments during the course.

Michael Azgour, Artist; Lecturer, Architectural Design Program, Stanford

Michael Azgour’s work addresses concepts related to photography in contemporary culture. His paintings combine evocative expressive representation with geometric abstraction, reflecting on memory, technology, and the human condition. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States and Europe. His work can be viewed at azgour.com.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.