Classes at Pioneer Works

Pioneer Works offers a wide variety of classes, workshops, symposiums and discussion groups that provide an alternative to traditional institutions. Education, which is at the core of our mission, is the direct avenue for exchange and debate between the arts and sciences and enables the collaborations that characterize our programming.

Feb 02 — Mar 23

Risograph for Activism

Learn the basics of Risograph printmaking through the lens of activism.

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Wednesday, Feb 15

Effective Communication for Active Citizens

This workshop covers the best ways to amplify messages that you want to have heard.

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Saturday, Feb 18

Making Furoshiki with Itajime Indigo Dye

Learn the history of indigo dye in Japan, the technique of dyeing furoshiki with itajime pattern, and methods for tying it.

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Sunday, Feb 19

Art of Memory

Study and practice building a Memory Palace, an ancient mnemonic device for remembering objects by placing them in space.

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Feb 21 — Mar 28

Privilege as Plastic Material

If privilege can be embodied by an object, can it also be molded, carved or cast?

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Wednesday, Feb 22

Pedagogy for Dissent Roundtable: Engaging the Political Process

Techniques and tactics for political activism, direct action, and dissent taught through documentary screenings.

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Wednesday, Feb 22

Music Roundtable

Dance about some inherent questions related to the practice of making music.

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Sunday, Feb 26

Sashiko Stitching Master Class

Practice a basic sashiko technique to stitch traditional asanoha (hemp leaf) pattern.

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Sunday, Feb 26

Sashiko Mending Master Class

Bring your favorite old clothing in soft denim, cotton or linen with holes or tears and learn basic techniques to mend and upcycle it.

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Feb 27 — Apr 03

TV EYE

Examine the history of video and expanded cinema with a focus on broadcast, transmission, and the televisual.

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Wednesday, Mar 01

The Good Death Roundtable: A Brief History of Death and Dying

Explore practices and rituals surrounding death in the Victorian era to gain insight into society’s relationship with death 100 years ago.

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Mar 04 — Apr 22

Sculpting from Life

Use a live model to explore the process and history of figure sculpting.

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Mar 04 — Apr 22

Cinema in Black

Cinema in Black explores representations of Blackness on screen and in text through films and related writing.

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Mar 04 — 11

Ceramic Pit Fire & Raku Workshop

Build an outdoor kiln and learn how to use alternative firing methods and glazes to finish clay pieces.

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Sunday, Mar 05

Programming Languages as an Art Medium

Learn about esoteric programming languages and come up with your own.

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Thursday, Mar 09

Using Improv to Talk to the Other Side

Use improvisational techniques to learn how to create effective lines of communication across ideological divides.

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Wednesday, Mar 15

Media Literacy, or How To Drink From A Firehose

Habits and tools for constructing a healthier, more balanced media diet.

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Wednesday, Mar 15

Multi-Sensory Integration

What does it mean to incorporate insights from psychedelics into daily life?

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Mar 18 — 19

Working with Wool: Wet & Dry Felting

Learn the processes of wet and dry felting while combining both to complete a project.

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Mar 30 — May 18

Shift Your Trends

This workshop series asks participants to interrogate and actively oppose racism and oppression both within society and within ourselves.

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Sunday, Apr 02

Mycelium Architecture

Learn how to grow Mycelium, a fungus, and work with it as a material.

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Apr 04 — May 09

Everyone’s a Critic: Writing as Reflex

Look at criticality critically, unencumbered by the need to sound smart (just be smart), be polite, or follow the rules.

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Apr 10 — May 15

Handheld Gallery: Interactive Art for Mobile Phones

Explore the mobile phone as a vehicle for interactive digital art.

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Wednesday, Apr 19

The Local Struggle: Learning from Asylum Seekers in NYC

Learn about the process of seeking asylum, who asylum seekers are, and what they can teach us.

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Sunday, Apr 23

Introduction to Solar Power

Build a small solar powered battery charger with a USB port capable of powering a phone, bike light, or any other USB powered device.

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About

Education has been at the core of Pioneer Works' mission since its inception. Classes are the direct avenue for exchange and debate between the arts and sciences, and enable the collaborations that characterize our program. Students have direct access to distinguished faculty not normally available outside traditional institutions -- professors from Yale, ICP and Cooper Union, TED fellows, neuroscience researchers, world class musicians and pioneering artists alike. We offer an average of twelve classes a month in subjects ranging from technology to traditional crafts, as well as long-form classes built around the idea that creative methodologies can be applied to any discipline.