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Brooklyn Brainery

Life Skills
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York
(498 Reviews)

Brooklyn Brainery is accessible, community-driven, crowdsourced education.

We host casual classes for curious adults about all sorts of things: from physics to Australian desserts, from HTML to shorthand and just about every nook and cranny in between. 

All of our course topics are dreamed up and suggested by you, and our teachers are a group of awesome people from around Brooklyn and the whole city. Anyone can teach--you just need a passion for the topic and a desire to share it with others. We do all the planning, taking care of sign ups, marketing, and materials, so you can focus on the important stuff (teaching, duh).

Classes are generally one or two weeks long, and we keep them as inexpensive as possible while still covering the overhead that comes with having a physical space. 

What we teach?
If you can make it, read it or think it, we're probably open to it. It can be crafty, foody, academic-y, whatever you'd like. And though we think kids are cool, all our classes are aimed at adults.

What are classes like?
The easy answer is that every class is totally different (it's also true)!  Some of our teachers are pros at what they do, some are hobbyists, and some are curious people like yourselves who teach in order to explore a topic further in depth.

No matter what the class and who is teaching, our classes are laid back, fun, and participatory. No one will ever scowl at you for showing up late, and your involvement in class--whether through discussion or something hands on--is what makes them all the more awesome.

Reviews of Brooklyn Brainery

(498 Reviews)

4/17/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Soap Making Workshop


Great class, nice level of engagement all around. Just wish we had a full soap bar to take home instead of a teeny break off piece :)

4/11/2017
Alyssa K.

Attended: Introduction to Embroidery: Making a Sampler


Instructor was super friendly, class was fun, now I'm hooked on embroidery.

4/3/2017
Alyssa C.

Attended: Smart Phone Food Photography


This was great informative class. It brought back elements of successful composition that I learned in art school. The instructor was a great communicator, showed great examples of photos that works or weren't successful. Then a quick hands on experience of taking our own photos and critique after. I think this could easily be longer or multiple sessions.

4/3/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Wontons & Dumplings


This class was amazing. I'm not good at speaking and listening English, however, the instructor tought me politely. It was so much fun and I want to take another class difinitly.

3/28/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Intro to Jewelry Making: Cuffs and Bangles


Had a great time in this class. The instructor was very thorough and helpful in making sure all of us were successful in making our bangles and cuffs.

3/21/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Classic Charcoal Drawing: Anatomy


This class is excellent for all levels. The instructor Elysa has a very gentle approach. If you are paying attention you will realize that she is providing a lot of information on drawing instruction. She is very encouraging... wherever you are in your drawing level. The anatomy portion of this class is coming from the subject matter (Michelangelo's figure drawings), not from naming the muscles. I feel the class should therefore be titled differently. Even so, you will get a lot of drawing practice, starting from shorter timed (gesture) drawings to the longest drawing. The space (Brooklyn Brainery) is clean and light-filled. All materials are provided. You really do not need to bring anything with you.

3/20/2017
Eri Y.

Attended: Classic Charcoal Drawing: Anatomy


It was a wonderful class. Time flew by so quickly.

3/16/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Illustrative Mapmaking


The class offered a very creative approach to mapmaking and the instructor was very helpful and encouraging. The space was a bit cozy for working space, but nothing terribly limiting. Overall, I really am glad I took the class!

3/11/2017
Marleny R.

Attended: Birding in NYC


The speaker, Heather Wolf, gave a wonderful presentation on birding in NYC. She came very well prepared and very organized which enabled her audience to stay focused and interested; never once did my eyes glaze over. By using the laptop and projector screen she showed us many of her photographed birds in the wild. She showed us how to use the many valuable tools on some particular websites such as ebird.org, brooklynbirdclub.org and allaboutbirds.org -- websites I never new existed! If you love birds and want to learn about them and go on birding tours, etc., these sites provide lots of information. Ms Wolf also talks about bird sighting hotspots in NYC and even goes through a list of what you need to help find and spot birds. She provided us with the names of some of the best birding binoculars to use, she came with some examples of great field guides for us to peruse, and she gave tips on how to spot some of the more elusive birds. It was an excellent presentation!!

3/6/2017
Eri Y.

Attended: Classic Charcoal Drawing for Beginners


Loved it!

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190 Underhill Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238
Brooklyn Brainery
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
190 Underhill Ave
Btwn Sterling & St John Places
Brooklyn, New York 11238

Teachers at Brooklyn Brainery

Aaron Sacks Abhik Mukherjee Adam Haslett Adam Neal Adam Dowis Aditi Shekar Aidiha Gaxiola-Karney Alex Delare & Jonathan Anderson Alexandra Olsen Alia Dalal Alia Dalal Alia Dalal Alison Caporimo Alison Taffel Alison Taffel Alison McQueen Allison Kugel Allison Grossman Allison Ball Allison C. Meier Alyson Toone Amanda Amport Amanda Crowell Amanda Patenaude Amber Charlick Ample Hills Creamery Andrea Booth Andrew Faust Andrew Coletti Andrew Torrens Andrew Gustafson Andrew F. Smith Andy Lutz Angela Davis Ann Rudnick Anna Macoboy Anna Rasche Anna Eydman Anname Phann and Melanie Taing Anne Walton Anni Irish Annie R. Annsley March Ansley Watson Antonia Santagelo Ashley Gamell Ashley Gamell Asuka Goto Audrey Fox Azita Houshiar Babeland Barbara Van Elsen Barbara Kancelbaum Barbara Van Elsen Becky Sandler Ben McKelahan Ben DiMatteo Beth Hommel Bex Ames & Elissa Stanton Big Alice Brewing Blue Ribbon Brooklyn Bob Bland Brady R Brian Cotlove Brian Friedman Britt Goodman Britt Gambino Brooke Borel Brooklyn Brainery Team Cait Field Carly Cylinder Carly Goodspeed Carly Silver Carrie King Casey Barber Casey Wolf Catherine Halley Charles Dunbar Charles Dunbar & Katriel Paige Chef Jay Reifel Chef Shauna Keeler, M.S. R.D. Chelcey Berryhill and Kelly Carroll Cheryl Paswater and Nancy Campbell Chitra Agrawal Chitra Agrawal and Clay Williams Chris Chris Alker Chris Castelli Christina Couch Christina Massey Christine Degenaars Christine Garvey Christopher Bussmann Claire Elyse LaRoche Conan Magee Cristina Costantino Crystal Leung Dan D Dan D Dan D Dan Silverstein Dan Cwirka Dane LaChiusa Daniel Lloyd Daniel M. Cohen Daniel, Miles, Andy and Jason Daniel, Miles, Andy and Jason - Design Gym David Wolovsky David McNicoll David Samuel Stern David Dabscheck David Miller Dawn Petter Declan Schweitzer Diana Kuan Dona Chai Dory Kornfeld Douglas Cantelmo Douglas Strich Douglas Amport and John La Polla - Bitter & Esters Dr. Glen Cook Dr. Joie Jager-Hyman Dr. Julie Wolf Dr. Mike Fanagan Dr. Mike Flanagan Drake Page Driftaway Coffee E.A. Burlingame Elliott Brichford Elysa Emilie Shapiro Emily Scott Emily L. Emily Paster Emma Sky Eric Siwy Eric Fensterheim Erik Kemnitzer Erika Christensen Erin Wuebker Erin O'Donnell Erin Darke Fawn Qiu Fionna Simons Frannie Laks Gabriella Corey Glenna A. Grace D Grace Duggan Gracie Janove Hadasah Ingrid Hannah Crum and Alex LaGory Heather Wolf Heather Hess Hiho Batik Howard Eisman Hudson River Community Sailing Ian Olasov Ian West Ian Grody Ieva Urbaite and Lindsey Gardner Inna Guzenfeld Irene Pease J Soma J.R. 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