Why leave all the fun for the kids? Here are some ways to improve your skill set in the upcoming months, in or near the neighborhood.
DO IT YOURSELF
Where: 72 Seventh Avenue between Lincoln & Berkeley Places (shared space with Noella Brew Bar)
When: Saturdays (January 5 & 12) or Sundays (January 20 & 27) from 2-4pm
What: Two 2-hour sessions of Continental Knitting Boot Camp for beginners, learning cast-ons, bind-off, and knit/purl rib stitch as you begin your very own ribbed hat.
Cost: $100 plus materials (approx. $50)
Additional Info: Knit stitches not your style? They also have a Boot Camp beginners’ circle for crochet.
Contact: Call (718) 398-2020 to register
Where: 119 8th St, Unit 208, between 2nd & 3rd Avenues
When: Sundays 4-7pm or Wednesdays 7-10pm, beginning February 10
What: The five-session class is designed for beginners with little to no woodworking experience, and covers wood physics, shop safety and etiquette, an introduction to joinery concepts, and hands-on experience with both hand tools and machinery. The project for this class is a small side table with tapered legs.
Cost: $435 plus $100 for materials for non-members, $472 (materials incl.) for members.
Additional Info: Completion of the class certifies you to rent studio time for your own projects.
Contact: Call (917) 873-5542 for more information, or email at email@example.com
MAKE SOME FOOD
Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center
Where: 540 President #2E, between 3rd & 4th Avenues
When: One-time event! Saturday, January 12, 3-6pm
What: In “Let’s Make Dough: Pizza & Calzones, you’ll learn hands-on how to make homemade and healthy varieties of the cheesy favorite. Recipes include Spicy Roasted Red Pepper Basil Calzones; Mushroom, Herb, & Taleggio Pizza; Spring Greens Pizza Bianca with Goat Cheese; and Whole Wheat Broccoli Calzones.
Additional Info: If you’re willing to trek to the East Village location, you can learn to celebrate the Super Bowl in true foodie style.
Contact: Email firstname.lastname@example.org for class information.
CREAT SOME ART
Where: 200 Eastern Parkway (check in at the Rubin Lobby on the first floor)
When: Every third Thursday of the month from 7:30-9:30pm. Next up is January 17.
What: Brooklyn Museum hosts New Ways of Seeing, a drop-in drawing workshop. Each workshop is led by a skilled teaching artist and focuses on a different object from the Museum’s collection, combining conversation with drawing to inspire engagement with art in new ways. No experience is necessary.
Cost: $8 materials fee; $7 for Museum Members. All materials are provided, and each person goes home with an original work on paper.
Additional Info: This month’s drop-in could also be a chance to check out Mickalene Thomas’ excellent exhibition “Origin of the Universe” before it closes on January 20.
Contact: Email email@example.com to RSVP.
Textile Arts Center
Where: 505 Carroll Street between 3rd & 4th Avenues
When: Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm, January 16 – February 6
What: In four sessions, you’ll learn the basics of block printing on paper and fabric, a technique that is a “very relevant and versatile art and textile practice.” You’ll carve your own designs or text into rubber blocks, linoleum plates and wood blocks and then work with a variety of inks to create multiple color prints.
Cost: $275, materials included
Additional Info: Registration for the class also signs you up for open studio time, where you can utilize those new skills.
Contact: Call (718) 369-0222 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or register here.
PUT ON A SHOW
The Dance Studio of Park Slope
Where: 630 Sackett Street between 3rd & 4th Avenues
When: Thursdays 7-8pm, January 10-January 31
What: The Dance Studio is offering an Introduction to Ballet for Adults series in a friendly, supportive, non-competitive environment. Students are given the option to perform in the Annual Recital Performance in June.
Additional Info: Though their other adult classes (tap, jazz, and cardio) are pay-per-class, the ballet requires pre-registration and payment in full.
Contact: Call (718) 789-4419 or email TheDanceStudioPS@aol.com for information on class availability.
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
Where: 58 Seventh Avenue at Lincoln Place
When: Saturdays 10-11am, February 13-June 17.
What: In the Intro to Piano class, join instructor Michael Brofman and other beginners to learn the basics of piano technique and music theory.
Additional Info: The course description stipulates that students must be “at least 16 but less than 99 years.” Sorry 100+ year-olds!
Contact: Call (718) 622-3300 or email email@example.com for more information, or register here.
SPICE THINGS UP
Where: 462 Bergen Street between 5th & Flatbush Avenues
When: Thursday January 31, 7:00pm
What: In their Be Our Valentine customer appreciation party, the adult toy shop is providing food, drink, and tips on improving your [ahem] love life. Arrive early; the first twenty-five guests will receive free gifts, and everyone can get in on the raffles.
Additional Info: If you’re interested in the tips but not so interested in learning with strangers, you can also arrange a private workshop with friends. Think Tupperware party, but with a much different inventory.
Contact: Call (718) 638-3820 for more information, or register here.
Photo via Brooklyn Museum