Brooklyn Brainery

Brooklyn Brainery

Life Skills
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York
(930 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

(930 Reviews)
Wontons & Dumplings

6/9/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Wontons & Dumplings


Very informative & fun! It delivered exactly what it promised: I came away from the class feeling confident that I could make wontons and dumplings at home -- and even make the yummy sauce, too!

Cyanotype for Beginners

5/29/2019
Shelley D.

Attended: Cyanotype for Beginners


Jen did a fabulous job teaching this class! She started with a great lesson on the history of the subject and then provided lots of examples about the process. Later, we enjoyed making our own pieces. Jen has an approachable manner, and she made us feel so comfortable. I highly recommend her classes, and I look forward to my next visit to the city, so I can take more of Jen’s classes.

Marbled Cards

5/14/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Marbled Cards


Paper marbling is amazing! The class was super calming and the end result was beautiful. The instructor was enthusiastic and helpful. My only qualm was that the class felt rushed at the end. I was left with a batch of sopping wet very delicate envelopes that I had no good way of transporting. I bunched them together, put them in the small bag the paper came in, hoping for the best. By the time I made it home, they were all stuck together and got torn trying to pull them back apart. The envelopes either need to be thicker paper, or people should be warned to make those first so they have more time to dry. Overall I would definitely recommend this course as a low pressure, meditative, and freeing way to get creative.

Intro to DSLR and Mirrorless Photography

5/12/2019
Terica W.

Attended: Intro to DSLR and Mirrorless Photography


I thought the teacher did a great job at building upon the information needed to grasp the fundamentals in order to explore more advanced techniques.

Project Management 101

5/12/2019
Nahima A.

Attended: Project Management 101


I loved learning the vocabulary and theoretical framework. I liked that we had to come prepared with a project in order to apply the learnings.

Chalkboard Art Workshop

5/9/2019
maria c.

Attended: Chalkboard Art Workshop


Instructor was very pleasant and knowledgeable. She was very articulate.

Palestinian Tatreez Embroidery: Waste Canvas on Denim

5/6/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Palestinian Tatreez Embroidery: Waste Canvas on Denim


Wafa was an incredible instructor. She mixed the theory with the practice seamlessly, and the kits she provided were thoughtfully put together. Such a great class!

Presentation Skills

4/29/2019
Rahul A.

Attended: Presentation Skills


Lots of fun and very informative!

Buying Your First Home in NYC

4/24/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Buying Your First Home in NYC


I loved the class and I am glad that I was able to attend. The information that Ms Alison covered was very informative and well received as well as needed.

Block Printing on Textiles

4/14/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Block Printing on Textiles


The class was everything and more than I hoped it would be!

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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

Upcoming Classes at Brooklyn Brainery

Four Thousand Years of Same-Sex Marriage
Four Thousand Years of Same-Sex Marriage
Next start date:

Monday Jun 17th, 8:30pm - 10pm

Quick and Easy Printmaking at Home
Quick and Easy Printmaking at Home
Next start date:

Thursday Jul 18th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Learning Lenormand
Learning Lenormand
Next start date:

Tuesday Jun 18th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Glass Etching
Glass Etching
Next start date:

Wednesday Jun 19th, 6:30pm - 8:15pm

Long-Distance Hiking the Catskills
Long-Distance Hiking the Catskills
Next start date:

Wednesday Jun 19th, 6:30pm - 8pm

How to Meditate: An Introduction to Mindfulness
How to Meditate: An Introduction to Mindfulness
Next start date:

Wednesday Jun 19th, 8:30pm - 10pm

Watercolor Cards
Watercolor Cards
Next start date:

Thursday Jun 20th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Friday Night Crit Circle
Friday Night Crit Circle
Next start date:

Friday Jun 21st, 7pm - 10pm

Embroidery: Transfer Patterns
Embroidery: Transfer Patterns
Next start date:

Saturday Jun 22nd, 2pm - 5pm

Classic Charcoal Drawing for Beginners
Classic Charcoal Drawing for Beginners
Next start date:

Sunday Jun 23rd, 2pm - 4:30pm

Love and Heartache: The Science of Breaking Up
Love and Heartache: The Science of Breaking Up
Next start date:

Monday Jun 24th, 6:30pm - 8pm

Introduction to Embroidery: Tote Bags
Introduction to Embroidery: Tote Bags
Next start date:

Monday Jun 24th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

How To Build A Herbal First Aid Kit
How To Build A Herbal First Aid Kit
Next start date:

Tuesday Jun 25th, 6:30pm - 8pm

UnHumble: How to Stop Playing Small and Be a Badass
UnHumble: How to Stop Playing Small and Be a Badass
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Wednesday Jun 26th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Watercolor Florals & Calligraphy
Watercolor Florals & Calligraphy
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Friday Jun 28th, 1pm - 4:30pm

Cyanotype for Beginners
Cyanotype for Beginners
Next start date:

Saturday Jun 29th, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Flowering Bonsai
Flowering Bonsai
Next start date:

Saturday Jun 29th, 11am - 1:30pm

New Amsterdam Walking Tour
New Amsterdam Walking Tour
Next start date:

Saturday Jun 29th, 1pm - 3pm

Block Printing on Textiles
Block Printing on Textiles
Next start date:

Sunday Jun 30th, 10am - 1pm

Woodburning Techniques
Woodburning Techniques
Next start date:

Monday Jul 1st, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Teachers at Brooklyn Brainery

J.R. Pepper A.V. Perkins 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 Alice Burger Alice Burger Alicia Goodwin 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 Amy Nielson 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 Ashley Palmer Asuka Goto Audrey Fox Azita Houshiar Babeland Barbara Van Elsen Barbara Kancelbaum Barbara Van Elsen Becky Sandler Ben McKelahan Ben DiMatteo Ben Feldman Ben Townsend Ben Townsend Beth Hommel Bex Ames & Elissa Stanton Big Alice Brewing Blue Ribbon Brooklyn Bob Bland Brady R Brian Cotlove Brian Friedman Britt Goodman Britt Gambino Brittany Brave Brooke Borel Brooke Borel and Sarah Lohman Brooklyn Botanic Garden Brooklyn Brainery Team Cait Field Carly Cylinder Carly Goodspeed Carly Silver Carrie King Casey Barber Casey Wolf Catherine Halley Celeste Hopkins Charles Dunbar Charles Dunbar & Katriel Paige Charly Simpson Chef Jay Reifel Chef Shauna Keeler, M.S. R.D. Chelcey Berryhill and Kelly Carroll Cheryl Paswater Cheryl Paswater and Nancy Campbell Chitra Agrawal Chitra Agrawal and Clay Williams Chris Chris Alker Chris Castelli Christina Couch Christina Massey Christina Barlow Christina Pantin Christine Degenaars Christine Garvey Christopher Bussmann Christopher Duffy Claire Elyse LaRoche Conan Magee Cooper O’Brien 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 Danielle Rothman Danielle Rothman and Rhiannon Platt Dari Litchman David Wolovsky David Wright David McNicoll David Samuel Stern David Dabscheck David Miller Dawn Petter Declan Schweitzer Diana Kuan 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 Lozano Emilie Shapiro Emily Scott Emily Fleischer Emily L. Emily Paster Emma Sky Eric Siwy Eric Fensterheim Ericall Worra Erik Kemnitzer Erika Christensen Erin Wuebker Erin O'Donnell Erin Darke Eve MacKnight Fawn Qiu Fionna Simons Frannie Laks Fred Kahl Gabriella Corey Gabriella Corey Geoff Wisner 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 Hudson River Park Educators Ian Olasov Ian West Ian Grody Ieva Urbaite and Lindsey Gardner Inna Guzenfeld Irene Pease J Soma J.R. Pepper J.R. Pepper Jackie Snow Jaime Normad James White James Hoffman James P. Fitzsimmons Jane Bruce Jane Lerner Jared Bloch Jasmine Wilson Jason Schulman Jeff Gray Jeffrey Schiller Jen Jen Bokoff Jen Oleniczak Jen Bokoff and J soma Jenna Matecki Jennifer Mattson Jenny Robbins Jeremy Wechter Jeremy Feinberg Jess Milewicz Jess Adamiak Jess Mireau Jess Schreibstein Jessi Highet Jessica Murphy Jessica S. Jessica Gross Jessica Kaufman Jessica Manchester Jessie Katz Jill Frutkin Joe Caliguire Joe Upham Joe Pfister John Drury John Borghi John Bloch John McCarroll John Reinhardt Jonathan Riedel Jonathan Soma Jonathan and Alex Jordan Reimer Jordana and Bernard Joseph Alexiou Joseph Joseph Cavalieri Joseph Cavalieri Josh Kapusinski JP Allen Judith Schaechter Julia Levy Julia Silver Gordon of Hiho Batik Julian Velasco Julie Schneider Justin T. Manning Karen Bell Karen Stamm Karen M. 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