Brooklyn Brainery

Brooklyn Brainery

Life Skills
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York
(1065 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

(1065 Reviews)
Intro to DSLR and Mirrorless Photography

2/16/2020
Anne B.

Attended: Intro to DSLR and Mirrorless Photography


Great intro to digital photography- I feel like a gained a much better understanding of how to use my camera to its full potential and how to capture images differently to get the desired result.

American Sign Language: Level 1

1/29/2020
Giuliani L.

Attended: American Sign Language: Level 1


Fantastic course! Can't wait to take Level 2. Great instructor and a wonderful class all around!

American Sign Language: Level 1

1/28/2020
Shenik R.

Attended: American Sign Language: Level 1


Michelle is awesome! She is patient, personable, and knowledgeable. I really enjoyed her class and the people in it! Will take other levels as they become available.

Let's Make Croissant-Doughnuts!

1/27/2020
Sara D.

Attended: Let's Make Croissant-Doughnuts!


Was good fun, would recommend.

Embroidery 2: Textures

1/26/2020
Deborah G.

Attended: Embroidery 2: Textures


This was a very enjoyable class. Rhiannon was attentive, warm, and well prepared. It was a plus that she had black, as well as natural color fabric so we could choose.

Presentation Skills

1/23/2020
varun b.

Attended: Presentation Skills


Very powerfull ,and extermly important class!

Block Printing on Textiles

1/8/2020
Anonymous

Attended: Block Printing on Textiles


Fun class, but I think it could be 30 minutes longer to give more space for creativity.

Block Printing on Textiles

12/24/2019
Bailey S.

Attended: Block Printing on Textiles


This was a really fun class! Just enough time to make your stamp and a finished piece, and the instructor was very informative and helpful. I would definitely recommend it!

Soap Making Workshop

12/16/2019
Venita W.

Attended: Soap Making Workshop


Super informative and paced perfectly. Great experience.

Classic Charcoal Drawing: Faces

12/12/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Classic Charcoal Drawing: Faces


Teacher was nice, but having taken classes before (both in and out of a university) I was disappointed as there wasn’t much technique taught to us at all. I felt the other students were missing out on what they could’ve learned, also could’ve done without the timed one-two minute drawings and just focused on one sketch. Could be very good with technique instructions.

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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

The African Burial Ground: Black Archaeology
The African Burial Ground: Black Archaeology
Next start date:

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

The American Coffeehouse
The American Coffeehouse
Next start date:

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

The History of Gin
The History of Gin
Next start date:

Thursday Feb 27th, 6:30pm - 8pm

The History of Art Crime
The History of Art Crime
Next start date:

Thursday Feb 27th, 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Advanced Fermentation: Koji
Advanced Fermentation: Koji
Next start date:

Saturday Feb 29th, 10am - 1pm

Low-light Food Photography
Low-light Food Photography
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Sunday Mar 1st, 5pm - 7pm

Brand Strategy Bootcamp
Brand Strategy Bootcamp
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Monday Mar 2nd, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Leading from Where You Are: Women in Leadership Roles
Leading from Where You Are: Women in Leadership Roles
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Monday Mar 2nd, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Herbal Salves And Creams For Cold Weather Skincare
Herbal Salves And Creams For Cold Weather Skincare
Next start date:

Tuesday Mar 3rd, 6:30pm - 8pm

Itajime Shibori Techniques
Itajime Shibori Techniques
Next start date:

Wednesday Mar 4th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

4-Week Fiction Workshop: The Power of Revision
4-Week Fiction Workshop: The Power of Revision
Next start date:

Wednesday Mar 4th, 7pm - 9pm

Project Management 101
Project Management 101
Next start date:

Friday Mar 6th, 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Find Your Funny: A Crash Course on Improv Comedy
Find Your Funny: A Crash Course on Improv Comedy
Next start date:

Sunday Mar 8th, 12pm - 3pm

"The Language of Whisky" Reading– A New Perspective
Next start date:

Monday Mar 9th, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

True Crime in NYC at the Turn of the 20th Century
True Crime in NYC at the Turn of the 20th Century
Next start date:

Monday Mar 9th, 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Woodburning Techniques
Woodburning Techniques
Next start date:

Thursday Mar 12th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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

Thursday Mar 12th, 6:30pm - 9pm

Alternative Photography: Cyanotype for Beginners
Alternative Photography: Cyanotype for Beginners
Next start date:

Friday Mar 13th, 11am - 1pm

Portrait Photography Essentials
Portrait Photography Essentials
Next start date:

Saturday Mar 14th, 10am - 1pm

Quick Pickles
Quick Pickles
Next start date:

Sunday Mar 15th, 3:30pm - 5:30pm

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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 Rasche 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 Christa Avampato Christa Avampato Avampato 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. 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