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60 Sackett St
Brooklyn, NY, 11231
United States

(347) 470-6747

Beam Center is a Brooklyn-based community of learning where artists guide young creators aged 6 to 18. Our hands-on programs in technology, imagination and craft help young people build their character, courage to think for themselves, and capacity for collaboration and invention.

Weekends at Beam Center


Insight Into ______! Free Sunday Workshops for students in grades 7 and up

Where middle and high schoolers can investigate, dive deep, make and learn.

Insight Into _______! workshops meet on Sundays from 1pm - 4pm, at Beam Center, 60 Sackett St in Brooklyn. The workshops are free with advance registration. Students can sign up for one or more at a time, but each workshop has limited capacity, so please only register for workshops your child will definitely be able to attend. 

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Sundays, February 15 & 22, 1-4pm

Zena Verda Pesta

They go by many names: Harem pants, Hammer pants, Drop Crotch Pants. In this two-week workshop each participant will learn how to use a pattern to create a pair of elastic waist pants which sag every so slightly and taper at the ankle. Basic hand sewing and machine sewing skills will be utilized. We will talk about the fashion and function of this particular garment in different times periods and cultures.  Zena will provide a variety of patterned textiles to choose from, so the pants will be guaranteed funky. Participants will leave the workshop with a pair of Funky pants and the knowledge to create more pairs on their own.

Zena is an artist/designer, facilitator and lifelong learner! She is a recent graduate of an MFA in Design at SVA's Products of Design Department and is focused on the involvement of play and creativity as an attribute of robust communities. Her past life included 10 years as a mad scientist, making in ceramics, teaching chemistry and other ceramics courses at the Pratt Institute.



Horror Movie Gifs

Sundays, March 1 & 8, 1-4pm

Jaimie Warren

Let’s act, film, make prosthetics, and do makeup and special effects to create our own B-horror movie gifs! B-horror movies are low-budget, poorly made but super fun and gory movies, whose golden age was the 1980s. We will choose our scenes, designate roles, and re-create content frame-for-frame while we discover how to make our own versions of movie effects with simple materials. Take this class if you like to (over)act, create props, and get messy! Prepare for lots of grossness, including, but not limited to: fake blood, ooze, slime, brains and guts.

Jaimie is a photographer and performance artist. She is also co-creator/co-director of the faux public access television show and community arts project “Whoop Dee Doo” ( She loves Freddy Krueger and loves to make a mess.


Textile Techniques

Sundays, March 15, 22, & 29, 1-4pm

Kim Charles Kay

Fashionistas and wizards have more in common then one might realize. Capes and Cloaks are the best cold weather addition to any outfit. Working with personal iconography students with use a variety of textile and surface design techniques including immersion and rust dyeing, painting with thickened dyes, embroidery and applique to create their own mystical protective capes and cloaks.

Kim studied in Rome as part of the European Honors Program and graduated from RISD in 2011 with a BFA in Painting. She makes things, sometimes alone, mostly with other people.  In the summer of 2015 she’ll take her collaborative project; MOTORPARK, a 12’7” high 37’ long 1996 modified Blue Bird school bus to the Kentucky Museum of Craft for a summer of programing. While in New York, Kim is a teaching artist at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, NY and The Drawing Center, New York, NY.


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Pattern Making

Sundays, April 12 & 19, 1-4pm

Emma Harling

In this workshop we will explore the endless possibilities of pattern! Pattern is everywhere - in nature, architecture, math and science. It’s also an ancient art form, as people from all over the world have been creating repeated decorative designs for centuries. We’ll create decorative patterns of our own by making drawings, learn how to put them into repeat, and learn techniques of how to transfer the pattern onto other surfaces.

Emma is a professional textile print designer who creates designs for the fashion industry. Born and raised in Gothenburg, Sweden, where she studied printmaking. Emma came to New York in 2013 and has created patterns for brands like Michael Kors, H&M, Clinique, Anthropologie, Forever 21, Gwen Stefani, and many more. 



Sunday, April 26, 1-4pm

Bernardo Margulis

Through hands-on exercises, participants will explore letterforms as a communication and illustration tool. They will learn the basics of typography and the structure of letters and use this knowledge to explore using letters in the creation of compositions and images.

Bernardo is a Venezuelan born-and-raised graphic designer, currently based in Philadelphia. He holds an MFA in Graphic and Interactive Design from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and a certificate of Typeface Design from Cooper Union. He is the Principal of This Makes Me Happy, a graphic design studio in focusing on branding, typography and patterns, and is also an adjunct instructor at Moore College of Art and Design and Philadelphia University. 




Sunday, May 3, 1-4pm

Michael DeSutter

We’re going to use collage and it’s ability to recontextualize the recognizable to create new abstract worlds. Each participant will create their own collage work and collaborate on a larger piece.

Mike was born on a farm in Indiana in 1979. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, in Art Studies with a concentration in Photography, from Purdue University. In 2003 DeSutter moved to New York and now works as a freelance designer, and artist. He creates analog collages, which he has recently began exhibiting throughout NYC. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.