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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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

Dissect the televisual, learn the tools of transmission and broadcast, play with identity and super personae, and create electronic collage.

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Wednesday, Mar 01

The Good Death Roundtable: Death at Present

A forum that seeks to foster a better relationship with our mortality.

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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

Create an unconventional Black film canon and explore representations of Blackness on screen and in text.

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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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Wednesday, Mar 08

Research Roundtable 1: Creative Collaboration

What happens to research methods when disciplines combine, morph, flex, and go rogue?

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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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Wednesday, Mar 22

Pedagogy for Dissent Roundtable 2: Manifestos & Independent Journalism

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

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Sunday, Mar 26

Voids

View 'emptiness' as a creative medium just as important, complex, and compelling as 'somethings'.

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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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Wednesday, Apr 05

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

A forum that seeks to foster a better relationship with our mortality.

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Apr 06 — May 25

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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Apr 08 — 09

Intro to Tintypes: Wet-Plate Photography Circa 1859

In this hands-on workshop you will learn all the steps needed to coat, sensitize, shoot, develop and varnish a 4×5 tintype.

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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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Wednesday, Apr 26

Pedagogy for Dissent Roundtable 3: Tactical and Strategic Media

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

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TBD

Privilege as Plastic Material

A performative and sculptural investigation of privilege.

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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.