Brooklyn Brainery

Brooklyn Brainery

Life Skills
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York
(830 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

(830 Reviews)
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.

Macrame for Beginners

11/6/2018
Lucy H.

Attended: Macrame for Beginners


Fun times

Tapestry Weaving for Beginners

11/3/2018
Laura P.

Attended: Tapestry Weaving for Beginners


Lots of fun! Jessi was a great teacher and I'm so pleased with the little weaving I got to bring home.

Classic Charcoal Drawing: Anatomy

10/22/2018
Lisa B.

Attended: Classic Charcoal Drawing: Anatomy


The teacher was really upbeat and made everyone feel good about what they drew. Nice atmosphere, great critiques from teacher. Would take her classes in the future.

Presentation Skills

10/22/2018
Justine K.

Attended: Presentation Skills


Jill was an excellent, dynamic instructor and I went home with many practical tools.

Project Management 101

10/19/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Project Management 101


Teacher was fantastic, thorough and used the time wisely. I haven’t stopped talking about this course horse website that gives you so much access to new classes around the city and venues. Brooklyn Brainery is now my new go place. Thanks again for everything!

Tree Identification for Beginners

10/15/2018
Olena K.

Attended: Tree Identification for Beginners


It was a great class, Lisa was friendly and very knowledgeable. I definitely recommend this course, I learned so much in such a short tim. I definitely recommend it to others who want some basic tree ID skills or are curious about nature.

Project Management 101

10/15/2018
Mike N.

Attended: Project Management 101


Very informative, gave us the most important information in a short amount of time. Used real-life projects people were working on to illustrate the points

Project Management 101

10/13/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Project Management 101


Eve was very helpful and accomodating. She is open to questions and she made wonderful use of the time. I love this workshop and I'm sure I'll go back to take more with her and with Brooklyn Brainery.

Shibori: Block and Bind Dye Techniques with Indigo

10/11/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Shibori: Block and Bind Dye Techniques with Indigo


Great. Balanced with knowledge and instruction of the craft with time to actually create getting your hands dirty and make something. The only reason it does not get 5 stars is the tools provided for the shibori techniques were limited. By the time we were working on our last pieces and wanted to try something different the needed supplies were out.

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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

Shibori: Block and Bind Dye Techniques with Indigo
Shibori: Block and Bind Dye Techniques with Indigo
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Wednesday Nov 14th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

The History of Gin
The History of Gin
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Thursday Nov 15th, 6:30pm - 8pm

How to Write a Cookbook Proposal
How to Write a Cookbook Proposal
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Thursday Nov 15th, 6:30pm - 8pm

The African Burial Ground: Black Archaeology
The African Burial Ground: Black Archaeology
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Thursday Nov 15th, 8:30pm - 10pm

Everything You Need to Know About Roast Turkey
Everything You Need to Know About Roast Turkey
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Friday Nov 16th, 5pm - 7pm

The Real History of Thanksgiving
The Real History of Thanksgiving
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Friday Nov 16th, 8pm - 9:30pm

Drawing and Designing with Slime Mold
Drawing and Designing with Slime Mold
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Sunday Nov 18th, 1pm - 3pm

How to Run a Great Meeting
How to Run a Great Meeting
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Monday Nov 19th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Pop Music Breakdown: Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
Pop Music Breakdown: Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
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Monday Nov 19th, 6:30pm - 8pm

Self Care for Women
Self Care for Women
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Monday Nov 19th, 8:15pm - 10pm

Buying Your First Home in NYC
Buying Your First Home in NYC
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Tuesday Nov 20th, 6:30pm - 8pm

The Long and Fascinating History of Toilets
The Long and Fascinating History of Toilets
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Tuesday Nov 20th, 6:30pm - 8pm

The Eleusinian Mysteries
The Eleusinian Mysteries
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Tuesday Nov 20th, 8:30pm - 10pm

5 Common Investor Mistakes
5 Common Investor Mistakes
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Tuesday Nov 20th, 8:30pm - 10pm

Classic Charcoal Drawing: Anatomy
Classic Charcoal Drawing: Anatomy
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Saturday Nov 24th, 12pm - 2:30pm

Feminist Art Club
Feminist Art Club
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Sunday Nov 25th, 1pm - 4pm

Become a Better Proofreader
Become a Better Proofreader
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Monday Nov 26th, 6:30pm - 8pm

The History of Scotch Whisky
The History of Scotch Whisky
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Tuesday Nov 27th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Introduction to Embroidery: Tote Bags
Introduction to Embroidery: Tote Bags
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Wednesday Nov 28th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Watercolor Cards
Watercolor Cards
Next start date:

Thursday Nov 29th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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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. 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