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.
I was quite late for the course sadly
Had an excellent time at my first Brooklyn Brainery course -- I now look at trees with new eyes (and they're everywhere!). Thanks for a great workshop. -- Ali
It was really fun, i enjoyed curving and printing, all the process.
Soma's Root Beer class was lots of fun. We learned about the history of root beer, learned that it's not made from just one plant/root, even learned how to spell Sarsparilla. We sampled homemade root beer, commercial root beers (with labels hidden) to determine what each individual liked and didn't like. They we teamed up and made our own concentrate to take home. Only suggestion is that Soma's powerpoint is made available to attendees.
Loved this class! Big fun, easy to do, great takeaway to use in my classroom with my high school students.
Wonderful instructor! Very patient and very clear in explaining steps, plus very supportive of all our efforts. I very much enjoyed the class!
Great class! I wish there had been more instruction time at the beginning of the class, but I had a blast and would recommend it to others.
Great class! I think it's the perfect starter class for pie making. I loved the space at Brainery and the teacher (and he had some support from the Brainery staff) were super relaxed and fun, but also made us feel confident that we would be successful. I both liked that it was only 90 minutes...but I would have liked maybe a 15-30 minutes extra. It was enough time, but I had recently tried a pie crust at home and knew a little of what I was doing. But for the price and what we were told to expect, it was plenty of time. I might do it again with a friend!
Before taking this class, I didn't even know what a Galette was. Hands-on, shown easy way to roll out pie dough. Sarah Lohmam is a good instructor. Results were delicious!
Our teacher was super nice and enthusiastic and you could tell she liked the subject. That said, I expected a bit more than what your regular search on Google would've showed, which is like this class felt--minus the in depth, exact data I would've gotten from Wikipedia. It felt as though we were in a class about sanitization and water disposal more than what the title of the class promised to be.