Instructor Spotlight: Radmila Gurkovsky

Radmila Gurkovsky is a visual artist, educator and a creative arts therapist. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with BFA in 2008 and holds an MPS from Pratt Institute. Born in the dramatic yet fascinating climate of Siberia, Russia, surrounded by brutal and gloomy winter days she developed her interests in art at an early age as her escape into the vibrant, visual world of color, line and shape.  Having experienced frequent relocation with her family at an early age she believes to have been touched by many beautiful cultures to later bring that eclectic vision into her art making. As an artist and a creative art therapist Radmila uses her artistic upbringing along with expressive language refined during her professional development studies and offers it as a gateway into forming non-verbal dialogue that nourishes artistic perception and empowers creativity.

Radmila Teaches:

JSX 031 Basic Drawing Skills

JSX 038 Exploring Painting, Drawing, and Collage

Teaching Philosophy:

I encourage students to think creatively and experiment with a variety of styles and methodologies that help them discover their artistic selves. I’m a big fan of artistic tradition and believe that to be the window into forming unique artistic language of expression. I seek to offer my students a vision of art as a tool for self-expression that encompasses a holistic approach and one that inspects and strives to see the world with various mediums of expression.

Art by Radmila Gurkovsky


Hi Everyone!

Blogs are sooo early 2000s… or are they? Blogs are a great way to store information and links. That’s why we’ve kept our Precollege Blog going all these years. We mainly used it for Instructor Spotlights and Student Highlights (you can check our archives!), but now we are going to use it for some resources for our Precollege learning community.

Each week we will highlight a topic, for example: pro tips on how to write your admissions essay, ways to find inspiration while social distancing, and special tips for creatives of all kinds.

This week we are looking at Google Arts and Culture. There’s so much to do on GA&C, we are jussssst going to focus on museums this week. Museums are great places to find inspiration and many are making their collections available virtually. You can now visit literally thousands of collections from home! Some museums you can virtually walk around in, for example, the Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain. Using the same image capture technology used for Google Street View, you can explore the iconic building and Richard Serra sculptures. Other museums have beautiful web-based galleries, for example, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium. Some museums only have a few pieces from their collection on Google. For example, the Whitney Museum of American art has 60 pieces on Google but has over 20,000 images on their website. So, if your favorite museum isn’t on there check their direct website!

Do you have a favorite Museum? Let us know in the comments :)