Brooklyn Brainery

Brooklyn Brainery

Life Skills
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York
(798 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

(798 Reviews)
Embroidering Calligraphy

9/13/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Embroidering Calligraphy


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

Storytelling for Professionals

9/7/2018
Yangsin L.

Attended: Storytelling for Professionals


I thoroughly enjoyed my class with Charly! I thought she was an excellent instructor and made storytelling very approachable and fun. This class does lean towards creative storytelling, but there are lessons applicable to more presentation-oriented or data-oriented storytelling styles. Charly employs a few improv techniques to get you in the headspace to present in front of group. I would recommend this class to those looking to improve their public speaking and need pointers on delivering an effective story.

Block Printing on Textiles

9/6/2018
William A.

Attended: Block Printing on Textiles


My wife and I had an absolute blast, created some great blocks and made some fun prints. The instructor was helpful and friendly and made the class fun.

Sculpting with Wool: Needle Felting Basics

8/29/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Sculpting with Wool: Needle Felting Basics


Great class! Really nice and knowledgeable instructor. I really got a lot of this class and went home with a finished little wool creature!

Become a Better Proofreader

8/22/2018
Danielle J.

Attended: Become a Better Proofreader


Course was excellent. Instructor cleary knows her stuff and covered quite a bit during the time we had. Exercises and examples given were very helpful.

Watercolor Brush Lettering

8/20/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Watercolor Brush Lettering


The class was really fun and I learned a lot, but it moved too quickly for me! The instructor indicated that the strokes should be done slowly, but I felt rushed to be able to practice the particular stroke and also stay caught up when she had already moved on. I may have just been particularly slow, but a slightly slower sequencing would have been really helpful.

Introduction to Embroidery: Making a Sampler

8/12/2018
Ismael G.

Attended: Introduction to Embroidery: Making a Sampler


Nice instructor!

Introduction to Watercolor Painting

8/10/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Introduction to Watercolor Painting


The instructor and host were very nice, and it was great that all the supplies were provided. I wish there had been a bit more instruction, but the freedom to do our own to do our own thing was great too.

Watercolor Cards

8/10/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Watercolor Cards


I just felt like we could have learned more. It was just 10minutes of techniques and the rest of the time painting whatever we wanted without thorough instruction.

Moisturizer and Lip Balm Workshop

7/30/2018
Leah k.

Attended: Moisturizer and Lip Balm Workshop


Fun, quick and easy. Who knew that making your own product is so doable. Nikki is a terrific teacher and Jen brings a lot of knowledge too. I came home with moisturizer and lip balm that I am actively using and will make my own home batch soon. Well taught and lots of fun!

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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

How to Write the Funniest Sketch of All Time
How to Write the Funniest Sketch of All Time
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Sunday Sep 23rd, 11am

Macrame T-Shirt Yarn Necklaces
Macrame T-Shirt Yarn Necklaces
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Sunday Sep 23rd, 2pm

The Masters of Social Gastronomy: Beer at Kings County
The Masters of Social Gastronomy: Beer at Kings County
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Monday Sep 24th, 7pm

Sculpting with Wool: Needle Felting Basics
Sculpting with Wool: Needle Felting Basics
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Monday Sep 24th, 7pm

Do What You Love: How To Start A Holistic Side Hustle
Do What You Love: How To Start A Holistic Side Hustle
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Monday Sep 24th, 8:15pm

WTF is Agile and Scrum?
WTF is Agile and Scrum?
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Tuesday Sep 25th, 6:30pm

Brainstorming Essay Ideas
Brainstorming Essay Ideas
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Tuesday Sep 25th, 7pm

Carthage Must Be Destroyed: Rome, Carthage & Punic Wars
Carthage Must Be Destroyed: Rome, Carthage & Punic Wars
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Tuesday Sep 25th, 8:30pm

The History of Scotch Whisky
The History of Scotch Whisky
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Wednesday Sep 26th, 6pm

The Eight Flavors of American Mixology
The Eight Flavors of American Mixology
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Wednesday Sep 26th, 8:30pm

The Archaeology of Beer
The Archaeology of Beer
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Thursday Sep 27th, 6:30pm

Crime and Punishment in Medieval Art
Crime and Punishment in Medieval Art
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Thursday Sep 27th, 8:30pm

Tapestry Weaving for Beginners
Tapestry Weaving for Beginners
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Saturday Sep 29th, 11am

Classic Charcoal Drawing: Faces
Classic Charcoal Drawing: Faces
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Saturday Sep 29th, 2pm

Introduction to Open Fire Cooking: Campfire Cuisine
Introduction to Open Fire Cooking: Campfire Cuisine
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Saturday Sep 29th, 2pm

The Craft of Short Fiction
The Craft of Short Fiction
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Sunday Sep 30th, 10am

Become a Better Proofreader
Become a Better Proofreader
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Monday Oct 1st, 6:30pm

Leading from Where You Are: Women in Leadership Roles
Leading from Where You Are: Women in Leadership Roles
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Monday Oct 1st, 6:30pm

Buying Your First Home in NYC
Buying Your First Home in NYC
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Tuesday Oct 2nd, 7pm

Shibori: Block and Bind Dye Techniques with Indigo
Shibori: Block and Bind Dye Techniques with Indigo
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Wednesday Oct 3rd, 6:30pm

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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 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 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 and Nancy Campbell Chitra Agrawal Chitra Agrawal and Clay Williams Chris Chris Alker Chris Castelli Christina Couch Christina Massey 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 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. 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