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Student Perspectives: Sophy Lee (MFA 2016)

Sophy Lee, second year MFA student, shares with us her Studio School experience.

Sophy Lee in the Parlor Studio

In three short years, I have been through a transformation.  Since joining the New York Studio School, I have grown through formal training from observation and transcriptions of masterpieces, independent studio time, and individualized critiques.  My work has changed so much from the very beginning when I started my enrollment even though I have a Bachelor in Art.  My work has become compositionally relational in terms of color, mark making, and the overall placement, and my figurative work has become proportional and compelling.




Coming from a conceptual background with limited hours of working from life, I treasure the precious time of being able to work with models. The school promotes intensive drawing practice that guides us to a strong and mature body of work.  I believe that traditional training in drawing is fundamental to be a professional painter because painting starts from drawing.  Having a good understanding of the anatomy of the human body and the underlying structure of master works strengthens my skills in creating compositions that are applicable to both figurative and abstract work.  My previous work was primarily thematic, but my recent work is conceptual and aesthetically in harmony. The New York Studio School has changed my perspective on viewing and executing art with dignity, and incorporating drawing skills into my process.

Sophy during the Drawing Marathon

The Studio School community is small, specific, and intimate, allowing me to connect with my peers and faculty.  The faculty is experienced and the program is very adaptable. Because of the size of the school, it is not difficult to form close relationships with the faculty.  They are accessible and helpful, and are always open for critiques, advice, and professional development.

The Studio School also promotes a strong studio practice, instilling in me that quality time in the studio is essential to art execution.  I am trained to be comfortable to work in the studio as much as possible every day without losing enthusiasm.  I am now more familiar with my work and routine.  My decisions are more deliberate without rushing.  I put the best of me in every artwork.

Although I am an international student, I do not feel isolated.  The Studio School is multi-cultural, and encourages and welcomes international students to join and participate in their programs. The school also understands the financial difficulty of international students, and provides them with financial support.  As a result, I am able to study abroad regardless of my financial situation.


Training from observation, the one-on-one teaching structure, and the close studio environment, has allowed me to learn effectively and with direct individual advice and feedback from the community. This is my last year studying in the school, but I will keep the momentum going after graduation. I am confident that I am able to survive in the art world and work independently in the studio based on all the education I received from the New York Studio School.  I will continue to draw and paint, and pursue my career as an artist.


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