Brooklyn Brainery

Life Skills
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York
(559 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

(559 Reviews)

8/13/2017
Alexandra C.

Attended: Pies from Scratch: Stone Fruit Galette


Great class! I think it's the perfect starter class for pie making. I loved the space at Brainery and the teacher (and he had some support from the Brainery staff) were super relaxed and fun, but also made us feel confident that we would be successful. I both liked that it was only 90 minutes...but I would have liked maybe a 15-30 minutes extra. It was enough time, but I had recently tried a pie crust at home and knew a little of what I was doing. But for the price and what we were told to expect, it was plenty of time. I might do it again with a friend!

8/13/2017
Katherine P.

Attended: Pies from Scratch: Stone Fruit Galette


Before taking this class, I didn't even know what a Galette was. Hands-on, shown easy way to roll out pie dough. Sarah Lohmam is a good instructor. Results were delicious!

8/9/2017
Anonymous

Attended: The Long and Fascinating History of Toilets


Our teacher was super nice and enthusiastic and you could tell she liked the subject. That said, I expected a bit more than what your regular search on Google would've showed, which is like this class felt--minus the in depth, exact data I would've gotten from Wikipedia. It felt as though we were in a class about sanitization and water disposal more than what the title of the class promised to be.

8/9/2017
Sara A.

Attended: East Versus West: Persian Wars & Their Lasting Impact


Loved the class. I wish instead of going into detail about some of the battles, we focused on the lasting impact of the Persian wars. But regardless I thought the instructor was great and knowledgeable and well spoken and always enjoy attending Brooklyn Brainery classes!

8/7/2017
Christy J.

Attended: Classic Charcoal Drawing: Anatomy


Lovely instructor who allow you to find the technique that works for YOU. Lots of time to practice and affirming feedback.

8/5/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Become a Better Proofreader


Perfect for my needs. Teacher is obviously an expert. Class was thoughtfully organized. Even in only 1 1/2 hours, she offered lots of useful tips that I can start implementing immediately. Also, I found the space very comfortable.

7/31/2017
Christy J.

Attended: Classic Charcoal Drawing for Beginners


Encouraging instructor and lots of chances to explore which drawing technique works better for you personally (intuitive vs measured, or a combination). Lots of affirming feedback and gentle suggestions for improvements. I loved it! Super fun!

7/25/2017
Anonymous

Attended: Kokedama: Make Your Own Living Moss Balls


Anna was an amazing teacher and very hands on. She did not mind that we asked many questions. I love making the kokedama and think I can make it myself!

7/24/2017
Leah k.

Attended: Mold Making


The class started a little slow but by the end I had learned so much and all stuff I could do on my own. Excellent use of three hours. Teacher was also encouraging and enthusiastic and it was fun to see and learn from what classmates had done!

7/24/2017
Stefanie R.

Attended: Mold Making


Loved it!

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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

Teachers at Brooklyn Brainery

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 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 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 Asuka Goto Audrey Fox Azita Houshiar Babeland Barbara Van Elsen Barbara Kancelbaum Barbara Van Elsen Becky Sandler Ben McKelahan Ben DiMatteo 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 Brainery Team Cait Field Carly Cylinder Carly Goodspeed Carly Silver Carrie King Casey Barber Casey Wolf Catherine Halley Charles Dunbar Charles Dunbar & Katriel Paige 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 Christine Degenaars Christine Garvey Christopher Bussmann Claire Elyse LaRoche Conan Magee Cristina Costantino Crystal Leung Dan D Dan D Dan D Dan Silverstein Dan Cwirka Dane LaChiusa Daniel Lloyd Daniel M. 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