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Alumni Spotlight: Fukuko Harris, MFA 2014
June 16, 2020 · Alumni
I was introduced to the New York Studio School through Dean Graham Nickson’s Marathon Program. The courses were incredibly rich and intense and deepened my understanding of the language of art and showed me that there was much more to learn. Graham taught me that the drawing was its own language and could be used to express what you wanted to say in particular, exciting and interesting ways.
I was taken by the seriousness of the students and faculty and believed that the School would definitely make me a better artist so, in the fall of 2012, I began the MFA Program.
During my first year, I studied with Graham Nickson’s Atelier to concentrate on the technical aspects of drawing and painting. We looked intensely at painters ranging from Titian and Tiepolo to Bonnard, Vuillard and Matisse. I learned so much about the various aspects of picture making such as space, relationships, scale, tone, sense of time and editorial process. I learned to paint everything simultaneously on my canvas so that the elements would have a relationship and a conversation among themselves. My figure paintings became more flowing, spacious and intriguing.
In my second year, I joined John Newman, Margrit Lewczuk and Bill Jensen’s atelier which focused on abstraction. I developed an interest in abstract painting shortly before I came to the School and I was curious how it could be taught.
It’s rather difficult for me to explain what and how I learned so much in such a short time. Through faculty led discussions and critiques, guest critics and my classmates, I began to better understand the process of art making and how to convey and express authenticity without representational forms.
On top of all the studio hours, there were ongoing drawing classes with models, access to Evening & Weekend Classes (included in MFA tuition), Lunchtime Art History Lectures and the Evening Lecture Series which featured artists, critics, art historians and curators. The Critical Studies Class taught by Karen Wilkin took us to various museums, galleries and studio visits with New York based artists and I cannot thank my advisor/mentor, Judy Glantzman, enough.
Without NYSS, I would never have realized that I had such an intense appetite for creativity.
During this time of social distancing, the New York Studio School celebrates our alumni and their unwavering dedication to their art making. The School continues to welcome applications for Fall 2020 MFA and Certificate Programs. Apply online today or contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.