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 and monthly Brooklyn Draw Jam.

We are open five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, from noon until nine 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.


Learn and work at Shoestring Studio

Join as a member to get access to 50 hours/week of open studio time and storage. Enroll in beginner to advanced courses in drawing, oil painting, watercolor, comic arts and illustration, or book a session with one of our teaching artists to work on your own project.

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 during our business hours, 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. 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 enrollment, but Shoestring members receive 50% off any class.