Jenny Carolin received her Masters in Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting from Syracuse University, and her Bachelors in Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design. She has taught Figure Drawing, Foundation Drawing and Drawing and Painting for Non-Art Majors for the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. Currently she is the Director of Shoestring Studio and a Co-Founder of the Mudhouse Artist Residency program in Crete.  


Jason Das works in and teaches many mediums, with an underlying interest in how art can express story and emotion. He has taught at Shoestring since 2016, and has also taught for Urban Sketchers, Sketchbook Skool, Moleskine, Future of Storytelling, 92Y, and Abrons Art Center. He believes that everybody can and should make things themselves (art or otherwise) and it’s even better if we can make and learn things together. He is the former President of Urban Sketchers. 

Amy Jackson, instructor

As Art Director at Vogue and Creative Director at Polyvore, Amy has developed a large and varied client list. She has worked with Lexus, L’Oréal, Lenovo, WildEarth, and Rakuten to name a few. And, with each of these clients, the Adobe Creative Suite has been central to her work. While designing in these intense workplaces, she developed a philosophy on how make the Creative Suite simply one more tool for creativity, making it as natural as drawing with a pen or pencil. She has helped countless friends and colleagues start or enhance their careers with this knowledge and is excited to help you get creative with the Creative Suite.

Kristy Gordon, INSTRUCTOR

Kristy Gordon’s paintings hang in over 500 public and private collections worldwide including the Government of Ontario Art Collection. She has been a full-time, professional painter since 2004, exhibiting her work internationally and earning numerous awards including the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant (2010, 2013, 2015), an Exceptional Merit Award from the Portrait Society of America (2014), and was a finalist for the Kingston Prize for Canadian portraiture (2008, 2013). She holds a master of fine arts degree in painting from the New York Academy of Art, a bachelor of fine arts degree in drawing and painting from the Ontario College of Art and Design (Toronto), and a diploma in animation from Algonquin college (Ottawa). Gordon has nine years of experience teaching and conducting painting workshops, lectures and classes throughout North America. 


Phil Rabovsky was born in the frigid capital of a crumbling empire in January of 1987. At the age of four, he moved to Upstate New York with his family, where he grew up in the small towns around the Finger Lakes. After graduating from Columbia University in 2009 with a degree in Art, Philosophy, and Linguistics, Phil took a brief hiatus in Budapest before resettling to Brooklyn to start a career as a painter. He is a member of Shoestring Press in Crown Heights, where he exhibits, teaches, and collaborates with other artists. Influenced by John Berger, Joseph Kosuth, Judith Butler, and other names that start with J, Phil's paintings poke at the intersection between bodies, language, power, and the art tradition. Combining a love of language with a passion for old master painting, his work teases out the hidden meanings that have accumulated around the human body.

Yuri Leonov, Instructor

Yuri Leonov has always been interested in the relationship between nature’s course and the constant attempts by human beings to influence it. Frequently, his work attempts to link its conceptual content with its formal qualities, usually through surface treatment, dictated by the specific demands of the subject matter. The symbolism contained within Leonovʼs work tends to pull from art historical references ranging from ancient mythology to architecture.

John Krauss, Instructor 

John Krauss is a programmer and civic hacker with a longstanding interest in combining digital art and public data to advocate for social change.  He studied architecture at Columbia, but learned in school that he was more interested in mapping the scars of redlining than designing new buildings.  Since then, he's written scripts to extract from PDF and publicize NYC vehicle collision data and counts of rent stabilized buildings, among other data sets.  He is now Carto's data curator.