About Us

Our dedicated team

Studio E has a dedicated team of teachers and visiting artists who teach our weekly programs. Children's teachers hold a NYS Teaching license. Teachers for our tween classes and older are accomplished  practicing artists with competency in their fields. 

Our Classes

Studio E offers seasonal courses in Pottery, Ceramics, Drawing and Painting to all ages! Courses are always eight weeks long are are crafted with educational standards closely in mind. We recommend registering early to ensure your space. Studio E maintains a small group ratio of six students to one teacher. This is to ensure quality of our classes. 


Studio E also offers weekly workshops, which are separate from our seasonal courses. These workshops vary from jewelry making, paint nights, illustration, clay workshops and more! You do not need to be a currently enrolled student to register for workshops.


There are no fees associated with our studio other than tuition. You will never be charged a "registration fee" like most other studios do. We include all supplies unless otherwise noted. Firings, clay and glazes are always included in the tuition cost. We also do not hold onto your credit card information. There are no "rolling subscriptions" or anything of that nature. We are a family owned business with values. We care about our community and we care about YOU! Stop in anytime to grab a schedule and see what we're about!

Our Core Staff

Michelle Stylianou, Proprietor and Children's Teacher

Michelle and Stelios purchased Studio E in 2012. Michelle had previously worked for the former owner for several years and was thrilled for the opportunity to purchase the business that she loved so much!


Michelle is a Professionally Licensed Art Teacher in New York State. She is also a yoga instructor and a reiki master, both of which she enjoys infusing into workshops!


Michelle teaches several of our Children's classes such as Mixed Media, Art Start and Toddler and Me. She previously taught elementary art in several school districts and private schools, which gave her the experience, confidence  and knowledge necessary to run Studio E.


Michelle attended Adelphi's Graduate program in Art Education and also has a bachelor's degree in Fine Art from Stony Brook University. Michelle Studied illustration with the late Jeffrey Fisher where she met stelios and the two began their artistic journey together. 

Stelios Stylianou, Proprietor and Painting Teacher

Stelios and Michelle met in 2005 while taking classes together with the late illustrator, Jeffrey Fisher. They soon began their journey together getting married in 2010 and opening Studio E in 2012. 


Stelios teaches many of Studio E's core classes such as adult painting, adult pottery, Teen classes and more.He graduated with a BFA from Stony Brook University in 2003 and is a professional working artist.


Stelios has exhibited his paintings throughout Long Island and in several NYC galleries. 

Nancy Rose, School Aged Ceramics Teacher

Nancy Rose is our newest addition to our team of ceramics instructors at Studio E.


A Graduate of Wilfred Lauier University, University of Western Ontario and of the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto, Nancy is an accomplished artist, art therapist and Waldorf School Teacher. She is skilled in many mediums. 


Nancy has a passion for inspiring and nurturing self expression through the arts. Applying knowledge with guidance while supporting her students individual abilities is a gift which she takes great joy in giving!


Nancy has been an art teacher for 21 years and will be joining usat Studio E this fall, teaching Children and Tween Ceramics Classes, as well as Art Start. 

Lauren Belcastro, Clay Instructor

Lauren has been teaching classes at Studio E since 2013. She began as our studio assistant when she graduated with her Bachelors of Fine Art.


Lauren now leads several of our children's ceramics classes under Michelle and Stelios' guidance. She also teaches an adult ceramics program called "Earth and Spirit" Ceramics. She is a dedicated artist and will be going back to school for a masters degree in the near future. 


Lauren teaches many of our weekly workshops in clay and painting. She is a Reiki master and also a yoga instructor, which she enjoys infusing into her programs. 

Justin Salino, Ceramics Instructor

Justin Salino is a children's ceramics teacher and studio assistant at Studio E.


He began as an intern in 2016, where he showed his dedication towards working with students in the arts. He was quickly hired as an assistant teacher, where he assists with all levels from elementary classes through adult. 


Justin has begun attending LIU'sArt Education program and now teaches children's ceramics classes on Saturday mornings at Studio E. 

Chris Coyle, Pottery Teacher

Chris is a pottery instructor in our studio and teaches some of our evening pottery classes. He graduated with a Bachelors of Fine art with a focus on pottery.


He began as an intern at Studio E and was hired to teach adult classes shortly after his internship. 


Chris now teaches evening beginner pottery classes for adults every week at Studio E.

Mark Levine, Illustration Teacher

I have been working as an illustrator/artist for over 35 years. I am a published illustrator and accomplished art director for a wide variety of publishers, companies, and industries. My illustrations are published for catalog covers, comic books, magazines, advertising, editorials, and packaging. Additionally my artwork has also been in numerous galleries, art shows, and exhibitions.


Developing drawing and painting styles, mastering techniques, and experimenting with various mediums fuels my abilities to deliver my concepts and visions as a diverse body of work.

A body of work that finds inspiration from nature, spirituality, the human condition, and political/ social events. Capturing an inspired moment as a drawing or painting gives me the opportunity to share moments of inspiration. No matter the subject matter or the medium(s) used to create my artwork, there is a rhythm-a consistency that resinates from one project to the next.


My most recent accomplishments is self-publishing my own books, and an on line comic book, “Cold Cuts” , The “7 Deadly Sins”, in addition to a coloring book-“ MonstrePieces”. I launched an apparel line, “MonstreThreads”- featuring my illustrations of the fantasy and horror genres. 

Last year, I presented “The Art-of-Story Telling” to StudioE, a course that would explore story boarding and comic books. The opportunity for me to share my experiences, talent, and expertise with students is a great privilege for  me.


WEBSITES

bloodbytes.com 

Explore my portfolios and gallery for an in depth view of my artwork of illustrations of the fantastic and scary.

marklevineartist.com

Traditional fine art, using conventional drawing and painting methods.

marklevinegraphics.com

My career scope as an art director.


EDUCATION

Studied Illustration at the School of Visual Arts, NYC

Studied Printmaking and Painting at New Paltz State University

Studied Commercial Art at Duchess Community College: Graduated with an Associates degree and now teaches "The Art of Storytelling" every season! 

Taylor Foerster, Children's Mixed Media Teacher

Taylor Foerster is a fine artist and NYS certified art educator from Long Island, NY. Taylor enjoys challenging herself in a variety of media in order to become a more well-rounded artist and teacher. She is currently finishing up her Master's degree in Art Education PreK-12 at Queens College, and has worked with a variety of youth across Long Island and New York City Public Schools as well as through programs such as Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts and The Guggenheim Museum's "Learning Through Art" initiative. Taylor believes that when students are exposed to the visual arts, they are able to develop extraordinary life skills that can be enhanced through creative decision-making, critical thinking, problem solving, patience, and determination. Students can express their individualism, collaborate with others, learn how to be persistent and thoughtful, and have meaningful, constructive conversations. Taylor loves to see each student's wonderful, unique interpretations of artistic concepts, lessons, and techniques.


Taylor teaches weekly Children's Mixed Media classes at Studio E.

Susan Ferro, Jewelry instructor

Susan Ferro is a Reiki Master/Teacher, Sound Healer, experienced in Crystal and Tibetan Bowls and Certified Crystal Healer. She is dedicated to her passion and a path of healing and service. She teaches many Holistic Healing Classes, as well as Creative workshops, such as Crystal Wire Wrapping. She is also the Jewelry Designer of Natures Gems Ny Crystal Jewelry.

Kat Kaiser, Assistant Teacher

Kat Kaiser is an assistant teacher in our studio. She began assisting us in 2014, where she quickly showed her dedication. 


Kat is currently an MFA student at SUNY Stony Brook. She assists us part time, often leading workshops and classes.