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, and have MFA's, MSW and a combination of associated degrees and credentials.  Learn more reading individual bios below!

Our Core Staff

Michelle Stylianou, Proprietor and NYS Certified Art 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. 

Lauren Belcastro, Clay and Painting 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. from Stony Brook University.

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. 

Lauren is currently a Masters of Social Work Student with Stony Brook University

Jennifer Fiorio, Preschool Arts Teacher and NYS Certified Art Teacher


Jennifer Fiorio is a NYS Certified Art Teacher with a Masters in Art Education from CW Post. She teaches in our Preschool Arts programs and will be leading classes starting in the fall of 2019.  

Stephanie DeVita, NYS Certified Art Teacher and Pottery Instructor


Stephanie DeVita Certified Art Teacher K-12  

Stephanie has a Bachelors of Fine Arts from MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art).  She received her Masters of Science from LIU Post.  Her work is rooted in Hand building and Wheel thrown ceramics. She creates work based on emotion and cleansing her mind and body. She is insipired by nature and the interaction we have as humans with the earth.

Kat Kaiser, MFA; Youth painting instructor


Kat has been part of our team since 2014, when she started as a dedicated intern. We hired her after just a few short months as her talent for painting and teaching  was evident! She began as an assistant teacher in our children's programs and for birthday parties. 

Kat went back to school for her MFA at Stony Brook two years ago and has now graduated! Kat began teaching independently  in our children's  programs during the summer of 2018 and is now part of our core staff, teaching Saturday Morning Children's Mixed Media Classes, and summer programs!

Children easily connect to Miss Kat because of her youthful spirit and ability to "get on the student's level." She offers us a huge amount of professionalism, experience, and a loving way with the children.

Stephanie DeVita, NYS Certified Art Teacher and Pottery Instructor


Stephanie DeVita Certified Art Teacher K-12  

Stephanie has a Bachelors of Fine Arts from MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art).  She received her Masters of Science from LIU Post.  Her work is rooted in Hand building and Wheel thrown ceramics. She creates work based on emotion and cleansing her mind and body. She is insipired by nature and the interaction we have as humans with the earth.

Justin Salino, Clay and Pottery Instructor


Justin Salino is an adult and  children's ceramics/ pottery 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. 

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.


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! 

Esthermarie Caponigro


A native of Long Island, Esther Marie actively exhibits in many art related gallery shows, auctions and events both nationally and internationally. She works for clients in New York City and across the country. She had also showed her work globally, as far away as South Korea. She was awarded a fellowship and hand selected for a renowned art residency at The Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York, as well as a full scholarship to the Vermont Studio Center.  She also participated in a Rotary International Exchange for a month where she learned about the culture.  Besides being immersed into the culture they were introduced to artists, viewed their art, and she created several different art pieces using Korean traditional art techniques.  Esther Marie's paintings are in several private as well as permanent collections.  She concentrates on Plein Aire and abstract painting and has shown at numerous galleries in the Northeast of the United States.  Esther Marie was named “Best in Show” at the Northport Plein Aire event.  In perhaps her best achievement yet, she was chosen to be in the exclusive Heckscher Museum of Art Long Island Biennial.  

Aside from painting, Esther Marie enjoys teaching art, yoga, meditation, dancing, poetry and chess.  She lives and works as an art instructor and adjunct professor in Long Island, New York.

Nancy Rose


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.