Brooklyn Brainery

Brooklyn Brainery

Life Skills
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York
(862 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

(862 Reviews)
Tapestry Weaving for Beginners

1/16/2019
Katherine M.

Attended: Tapestry Weaving for Beginners


Jesse was an amazing and very patient teacher! This class was so worth it, and so fun. Would recommend to anyone.

Macrame for Beginners

1/15/2019
Erica D.

Attended: Macrame for Beginners


Macrame was great and Jess was such a sweet teacher! Would definitely take another class

Embroidering Calligraphy

1/15/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Embroidering Calligraphy


Excellent class. Both Rhiannon and Danielle were awesome. The Brainery always offers great classes with excellent instructors.

Wontons & Dumplings

1/12/2019
Nadia K.

Attended: Wontons & Dumplings


Class size was perfect, instruction was really great. If any suggestion, I would say to make a different filling for the wontons than the dumplings. Really fun class, would take another with this instructor.

UnHumble: How to Stop Playing Small and Be a Badass

1/10/2019
Phari J.

Attended: UnHumble: How to Stop Playing Small and Be a Badass


Amazing class.

Presentation Skills

1/4/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Presentation Skills


The class was great. The facilitator really took to heart the participants' objectives, put us at ease and provided good tips, exercises and take-aways to build our confidence. I would definitely take it again (and more).

Watercolor Cards

12/29/2018
Carol C.

Attended: Watercolor Cards


Very informative and super fun. Instructors were very friendly as well. I had a great time and fell in love with watercolor.

Presentation Skills

12/19/2018
elvis r.

Attended: Presentation Skills


my first class, won't be my last.

Watercolor Cards

12/1/2018
Cristina B.

Attended: Watercolor Cards


Great atmosphere and even greater instructors. All around wonderful environment

Pop Music Breakdown:

11/8/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Pop Music Breakdown: "Paranoid Android"


The class introduced music theory in a helpful way, but in the second part we did not dive into the music theory of the record enough. We went through each section of the song, but the insights were surface level (e.g. "a faster time signature creates a sense of urgency" or "these two chords don't sound good together separately, but it works in the song") and the instructor did not seem to know the meaning behind many of the lyrics (we were encouraged to share our thoughts, then the instructor always brought the conversation back to "yes, it seems to fit in with theme of crisis/chaos in the rest of the song"). Perhaps the class is designed this way, but I felt that it was not worth my time. Based on this class experience, I would not attend another Pop Music Breakdown class.

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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

Party Planning 101
Party Planning 101
Next start date:

Thursday Jan 24th, 6:30pm - 8pm

Embroidery & Watercolor: Making a Card
Embroidery & Watercolor: Making a Card
Next start date:

Saturday Jan 26th, 11am - 1pm

Tarot Card Basics
Tarot Card Basics
Next start date:

Saturday Jan 26th, 3pm - 5pm

Tree Identification for Beginners
Tree Identification for Beginners
Next start date:

Sunday Jan 27th, 10am - 11am

The Science of Hollywood’s Happily Ever After
The Science of Hollywood’s Happily Ever After
Next start date:

Monday Jan 28th, 6:30pm - 8pm

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

Wednesday Jan 30th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Leading from Where You Are: Women in Leadership Roles
Leading from Where You Are: Women in Leadership Roles
Next start date:

Thursday Jan 31st, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Project Management 101
Project Management 101
Next start date:

Friday Feb 1st, 2pm - 5pm

Improv for Professionals
Improv for Professionals
Next start date:

Sunday Feb 3rd, 12pm - 2pm

A History of Royal Scotland
A History of Royal Scotland
Next start date:

Monday Feb 4th, 6:30pm - 8pm

The Sumerians: History's Innovators
The Sumerians: History's Innovators
Next start date:

Monday Feb 4th, 8:30pm - 10pm

Sensual Scents and Aromas
Sensual Scents and Aromas
Next start date:

Tuesday Feb 5th, 6:30pm - 8pm

UnHumble: How to Stop Playing Small and Be a Badass
UnHumble: How to Stop Playing Small and Be a Badass
Next start date:

Tuesday Feb 5th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Shibori: Block and Bind Dye Techniques with Indigo
Shibori: Block and Bind Dye Techniques with Indigo
Next start date:

Wednesday Feb 6th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

In Defense of Bidets
In Defense of Bidets
Next start date:

Thursday Feb 7th, 6:30pm - 8pm

Screenplay Workshop Intensive
Screenplay Workshop Intensive
Next start date:

Saturday Feb 9th, 10am - 1pm

You've Written a Screenplay—Now What?
You've Written a Screenplay—Now What?
Next start date:

Saturday Feb 9th, 2pm - 4pm

The Math of Joke Writing
The Math of Joke Writing
Next start date:

Sunday Feb 10th, 11am - 1pm

Moisturizer and Lip Balm Workshop
Moisturizer and Lip Balm Workshop
Next start date:

Sunday Feb 10th, 11am - 12:30pm

On The Spot: A Crash Course on Improv Comedy
On The Spot: A Crash Course on Improv Comedy
Next start date:

Sunday Feb 10th, 2pm - 5pm

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Teachers at Brooklyn Brainery

J.R. Pepper 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 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 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 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 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 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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