This is a small list of studios in Shibuya-ku and Minato-ku (Tokyo) offering “art” programs for children and adults. As of December 2013, I have not visited any of them, and so listing here does not constitute endorsement. If you live in Tokyo and have experience with these or other studios, please comment to add information. * Updates added in red on April 23, 2014.
Atelier OMO3 (related to Atelier EBIS) still life and Japanese painting; seems like adults only (Japanese) Yes, adults only. Of three studios that I visited in April 2014, this one was the most “mom friendly” in terms of ages of the members and studio time offered during hours when children are in school.
Ebisu Atelier d’Art fine arts instruction for adults and children age 5 and up (English)
Ray Art School many offerings for adults and children (Japanese) This is one the studios that I visited in April 2014. Friendly, busy studio with many offerings (as I had guessed from the website). Pottery classes are offered in the morning, but otherwise all classes are in the evening or on weekends.
TC Kids (not yet open?) seems like it will be a small preschool plus venue for after-school, Saturday, and school break classes (English?) Open! Information available at http://tokyocreatorskids.org. I have not visited, but the pictures posted regularly on their Facebook page look fun. In addition to their preschool and classes, they host birthday parties.
Yoyogi Koen Art Studio seems like a small studio with a big heart; for children; open sharing of information (Japanese)
Aoyama Art School – kokoro to atama for children; target seems to be children seeking to pass entrance exams for admittance to preschool and elementary school (Japanese)
Art Land classes for preschoolers through adults in Aoyama; includes “Parent-Child” classes on Sundays; “Suenaga Heart & Color Method” (Japanese)
Art School AOYAMA (also in Ginza) seems like adults only (Japanese) I visited the Aoyama school in April 2014. This is a tiny upscale studio meticulously maintained. I would recommend it to people who prefer working in a quiet environment. Watching the two women who were working at the time of my visit reminded me of time spent writing a thesis in the “the stacks” of a library.
Kagemikai Art Academy started in Kanagawa-ken in 1967; recently classes for children being offered in Azabu-Roppongi and Omotesando areas (Japanese, but several classes have ESL emphasis)
RBR Center for Creative Art emphasis on short-term workshops for adults and children; “right brain” approach (Japanese and English); affiliated with Organization of Bilingual Parenting (OBP) Despite a website that appears active, a reply to this blog post indicates that they have stopped offering classes for children and adults in order to focus on workshops for schools and cooperations.
ZUKO-LAND international “art & design studio for children” near Nishi-Azabu crossing. This is the fifth studio operated by the company and the first one to offer classes in English. Ages 5-12. All children take the same 42-class course that can be joined at any time. Course includes drawing, graphic design, and 3D work in clay and crafting materials. Online sign-up for free trial lesson. (This entry is an update added September 12, 2014.)