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.
loved the class and the instructor. Diana was ext nice and patient. I def learned a lot considering I had ZERO knowledge of making dumplings!
This was so fun! I would definitely take another class with Heather and am so happy I took this one! I got juggling balls and am going to practice this weekend!
The class was a nice overview of skills used in public speaking. It included improv warmups/games to become more comfortable with different aspects of speaking and some time to speak individually. I would probably reverse the ratio and do less improv and more speaking with critiques but I enjoyed the class and was reminded of the importance of thinking about what you would like your audience to take away, and planning from there.
Diana was fantastic, you learn to make 5 different rolls, and you eat your way through the class. She tells you where you can get the materials to continue your home cooking journey! Can't wait to test out these skills!
We covered a wide range of materials and methods of mold making. Nikki is very knowledgeable and full of great information and tips.
Nikki was very informative and a really great instructor. I feel confident that I could at least take a shot at soap making!
This was my first jewelry making class and I was absolutely delighted! I'm hooked on making metal bangles and looking forward to taking my learning to another level. Emilie is a gifted teacher. Her energy is positive and uplifting - she's very patient and gave us individual attention as we needed it.
Loved this class. Teacher was engaging, informative and witty.
It was a really good class. The class size is about 12 people and it's open to students of any level. I myself know how to cook but never received any professional training and had questions about things like the best way to cut an onion or the best kind of knife to get. The instructor, Nancy, covered knife techniques, how to sharpen and hone your knife, etc. She was nice, informative and answered all my questions.
This class wasn't just about writing but also about how to get published and make money from your writing. Being able to look at the work of successful authors and work with writers around my level was very helpful.