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.
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.
It was a wonderful class. Time flew by so quickly.
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!
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!!
Loved it - wabi sabi!
loved the class and the instructor. Diana was ext nice and patient. I def learned a lot considering I had ZERO knowledge of making dumplings!
This was so fun! I would definitely take another class with Heather and am so happy I took this one! I got juggling balls and am going to practice this weekend!
The class was a nice overview of skills used in public speaking. It included improv warmups/games to become more comfortable with different aspects of speaking and some time to speak individually. I would probably reverse the ratio and do less improv and more speaking with critiques but I enjoyed the class and was reminded of the importance of thinking about what you would like your audience to take away, and planning from there.
Diana was fantastic, you learn to make 5 different rolls, and you eat your way through the class. She tells you where you can get the materials to continue your home cooking journey! Can't wait to test out these skills!