What is Shoestring Studio?

Shoestring Studio is a membership-based workspace 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 and monthly Brooklyn Draw Jam.

We are open five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, from noon until ten pm. Our sister space, Shoestring Press, serving printmakers of all stripes, welcomes Shoestring Studio members to use its printmaking facilities, and is conveniently located just across Classon Avenue.

Take a class with us!

We offer  adult courses for beginners in Drawing and Painting, after school classes for Teens looking to do some serious work on their portfolios, specialty courses in Artistic Anatomy and Dutch Still life Painting, and a Theory & Practice series, to name just a few! Or book a session with one of our teaching artists and work on your own project.

New Classes, New year!

We're offering new courses for beginners in drawing and oil painting! After school courses for Teens and new specialty classes also.

Pick up a gift certificate!

One size fits all! Pick up a gift certificate in three different amounts to apply towards any class in 2017. Gift Certificates come in gift-able cards.

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.

Linear Thinking: new work by Robin Meyer, Judy Stone, Bethany Johnson and Corwin Levi

Reception May 19, 2017, 6-8:30pm, at Shoestring Studio

Shoestring Studio Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring four unique artists each displaying their interpretation of line as both a literal and metaphorical concept.

“Linear Thinking” will run from April 29th - May 20th, 2017, with a closing reception on Friday, May 19th.



What makes taking a class with us different?

We 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. We also ramp up quickly: within your first session, expect to cover the fundamentals and start to master the techniques by doing.  Last but not least, we often supply many materials that other studios don't, so that you can get working right away.

All classes are open to the community, but Shoestring members receive 50% off any class. We offer this substantial discount to our members because we want you to be able to dive in to any class that interests you, and translate those new skills into new projects.