What is Shoestring Studio?

Shoestring Studio is a membership-based art studio serving painters, draftsmen, illustrators, and other artists in need of workspace, community, and shared resources. Our primary mission is to provide affordable, accessible workspace for artists in Crown Heights and the greater Brooklyn area.

Regularly occurring events include two weekly Figure Drawing sessions on Wednesday and Sunday, a monthly critique night, a monthly group gallery hop, a monthly Bring Your Own Film Night and the monthly Brooklyn Draw Jam.

Our sister space, Shoestring Press, serving printmakers of all stripes, welcomes Shoestring Studio members to use its fine arts printmaking facilities, and is conveniently located just across Classon Avenue.


Become a member of a community of artists

More than just studio space, Shoestring Studio is a community of artists. We host monthly critique nights for members, annual exhibitions of members’ work, the opportunity to propose solo or small group shows, a monthly gallery hop night, free figure drawing twice a week, 50% off classes at Shoestring Studio and Shoestring Press, and informal events like backyard BBQ’s and field trips to Storm King.

New classes every season

Classes in oil painting, drawing, watercolor, comic arts and illustration start on a rolling basis, with new classes beginning every 2-3 months.

Join as a member

Need studio space at an affordable price? Shoestring Studio members enjoy open access with key card entry 7 days/ week, easels and other equipment, and storage space for work-in-progress and materials.

Book a private lesson

Brush up on your skills or work on a personal project under the guidance of one of our professional teaching artists.


Take a class with us

What makes classes at shoestring different

We keep class sizes small so that we can prioritize experience-basedhands-on learning and give our students a great deal of independence to choose their own projects. Mastering the basics is important, but we're also big proponents of experimentation and multi-media work. 

All classes are open enrollment, but Shoestring members receive 50% off any class.