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.

Shoestring Studio offers classes in painting, drawing, illustration, comic book arts and a theory & practice series. Classes are small, focused on providing individualized attention. Our staff includes professional working artists and illustrators. Enrollment is open to the public, and Shoestring members enjoy 50% off classes.

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.


Mudhouse Artist Residency Info Session

Join us Thursday, March 2nd  from 7- 8:30pm at Shoestring Studio for an evening of Greek wine, baklava and information on the annual Mudhouse Artist Residency program, taking place June 19- July 3rd on the Greek island of Crete. 

The Mudhouse Residency, in the rural mountain village of Agios Ioannis, Crete, is now accepting applications for its Studio Residency and Independant Residency programs. All residency programs include accommodations in the village, dinners taken family style at the local taverna, and the support of a vibrant community of artists. 

Learn more about the Mudhouse Residency here.

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.