Classes

Get Your Art On: Two FREE Botanical Illustration Classes (7/20 & 7/25)

illustration by Wendy Hollender
illustration by Wendy Hollender
There’s a handful of figure drawing classes in North Brooklyn, but these two upcoming classes focus on bringing elements of the outdoors into your sketchbook. Both classes are held outdoors, and they’re both FREE!
Botanical Drawing with Gabriel Willow
Friday, July 20 | 4pm-7pm
Kingsland Wildflowers | 520 Kingsland Ave
Free, Suggested donation $10
Drawing plants is a wonderful tool for closer observation of the natural world. Join naturalist Gabriel Willow on a journey through the Kingsland Wildflowers rooftop landscape, observing & drawing various plants and flowers as you deepen your connection to nature. No drawing experience required; materials provided.

Botanical Art Workshop with Wendy Hollender
Wednesday, July 25 | 6pm-8pm
Franklin Street Garden | 61 Franklin Street
Free, materials provided
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Greening Greenpoint will be hosting a workshop with professional botanical artist Wendy Hollender. Wendy will lead a botanical illustration and plant biology lesson and all art supplies will be provided.
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Greenpoint’s Trees Can Heal You—Take This FREE Medicinal Tree Walk in McCarren! (6/21)

Medicinal Tree Walk

Greening Greenpoint and Maya Robinson of Rooted Things Apothecary will be hosting a Guided Tree Walk in McCarren Park on Thursday evening, June 21st, to help people discover the medicinal uses for Greenpoint’s trees (there are surprisingly many!) and participate in a grounding tree meditation. On the walk, you’ll get to examine everyday street trees around the neighborhood, and learn about their healing properties and the medicines that can be made from them.

The workshop meets at the corner of Lorimer and Driggs at 6pm on Thursday, June 21st.

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Affordable Summer Filmmaking Workshops in Williamsburg

Mono No Aware Filmmaking Workshops

Non-profit cinema group Mono No Aware are leading a series of filmmaking workshops starting next month, starting in June. You can learn how to shoot stuff not on a phone, but on real actual film (yes, that still exists). A few of the workshops are already sold out, but there are still a few spots available in the other classes, or you can join the waitlist. The classes meet at either Mono No Aware (33 Flatbush Ave) or at Center For Performance Research (361 Manhattan Ave). So for just a couple hundred bucks you can learn how to be the next Woody Allen… er, the next Quentin Tarantino… er, just be whatever kind of filmmaker you want to be, just hopefully not a scumbag.  Continue reading

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Shake off the Monday Blues at The Williamsburg Hotel’s MNDFL Meditation

The Williamsburg Hotel, photo by Liz Clayman

The Williamsburg Hotel is not just for tourists and out-of-town guests — the plush boutique is expanding its public services, and this includes open meditation every other Monday.

Starting this month, the hotel at North 10th and Wythe opens its doors to launch a partnership with MDNFL, a meditation studio with outposts in Williamsburg and Manhattan. With classes in the hotel’s library bar, MNDFL will pop up every other Monday from 7–7:45 PM to help you relax and reflect. Classes cost $10 for hotel guests and $20 for visitors; cushions/mats are provided, but of course bring your own if that’s your jam. There’s no strict dress code — just come cozy.

A certified MNDFL instructor will guide guests through a step-by-step meditation practice, encouraging everyone to turn their attention inward to detox. These evening classes may improve sleep cycles, and more info about future sessions can be found here.

The library space where MNDFL classes take place, photo by Liz Clayman

The Williamsburg Hotel has a host of other eventful offerings including jazz nights on Thursdays, Sync Yoga, and — of course — Harvey, the hotel’s on-campus bar and restaurant. If you want to grab a bite after your class — and maybe a drink as well — Harvey hosts Mindful Mondays where guests who turn in their phone get a free cocktail. It’s like a sunnier episode of Black Mirror; you’re rewarded for surrendering technology. It’s the perfect way to cap off a meditation session — that is, if you don’t mind a little extra buzz.

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Learn to Kick Ass at This FREE Self Defense Class On Saturday 4/7

Mural at Greenpoint Shotokan Karate. Photo: Megan Penmann
Mural at Greenpoint Shotokan Karate. Photo: Megan Penmann

Self-Defense Workshop with POP Gym
Saturday, April 7, 2018 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Brooklyn Public Library – Williamsburgh branch | 240 Division Ave
FREE, All Ages

Boost your confidence and sense of security by attending this class to learn essential self-defense skills. Prepare to sweat and move, and whether you’re a beginner, or have experience, come work it out! 

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BYOB Stop Motion Animation Workshop This Saturday (2/10)!

Stop Motion Social
WHAT: BYOB Stop Motion Social, learn stop motion animation!
WHERE: The Little Animation Studio | 150 Banker Street
WHEN: February 10th & March 9th (separate events, no need to attend both), 7pm-9pm
COST: $30, register online or RSVP to [email protected]

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Thursday Spotlight: What’s He Building In There? Daniel Gardiner Morris of The Arm

Daniel Gardiner Morris at The Arm. photo: Andy P. Smith

On a quiet stretch of North 7th Street, neighboring the BQE, in the shadows of rising condominiums, lies a glass-front, converted warehouse space. There’s no signage, no buzzer, and from the outside, it’s unclear what is going on inside: a handful of people hover over large gray machines, operating levers and rolling cranks. With just a little imagination it could be a white-walled submarine or some kind of steel widget factory.

“I’ve never hung a sign out front,” says the founder and owner, Daniel Gardiner Morris. “When I have events, I have a little A-Frame sign that I’ll sometimes put on the sidewalk. It’s almost maybe superstitious at this point that I’ve never put a sign up.”

Not knowing what they do in there is one thing. Not knowing it’s there is another—it’s been at that same location since opening in 2004.

Inside, the space is awash in daylight from the large windows. The room itself is longer than it is wide, and lined with silver and grey metal machines, rollers attached, a few rustic wooden cabinets, and in the middle of the room is a grouping of tables topped with posters and wood blocks and artist tools.

Is it beginning to come together? Yes! It’s The Arm (281 N 7th St), Williamsburg’s longstanding public access letterpress studio, which Daniel Gardiner Morris has owned and operated for nearly 15 years.

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Community Call: Help Hosh Yoga Stay in Greenpoint!

Rooftop Yoga by Hosh at the Greenpointers Spring Market

Greenpointers, join us in taking action for our wonderful friends and community pillars at Hosh Yoga. This studio has been a staple of our neighborhood since 2009. And now, the new management company that maintains Hosh Yoga’s space has increased their rent to more than double. Hosh Yoga needs our help to raise funds to move to a new space where they can continue to support our awesome community.

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Peacocking With This Magical Mask Making Workshop 8/10

WHAT: Magical Folding Mask Workshop
WHEN: Thursday August 10, 6:30–10:30pm
WHERE: Chameleon Club Studio
| 622 Broadway
COST: $95, includes all materials and participants will leave with their own folding mask ready for portable partying. Tickets are available on Chameleon Club’s site. Sign up by e-mailing: [email protected]

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