RBR - Right Brain Research
The New Center for Creative Arts (Tokyo, Japan)
RBR offers year-round bilingual
art and music courses for all ages and
levels. At RBR, we believe that everyone has the innate ability to draw
masterfully. Our mission is to develop this potential by encouraging
students to explore new ways of seeing and thinking in a unique
international learning environment that is wholly supportive,
non-competitive and fun.Since 1993, RBR has taught thousands of
have since taken up painting or piano where they left off 5 or 50 years
ago. All have made new friends. Enriched their lives. And
achieved heights of artistic expression they never thought possible.
At RBR, art isn't about sitting down and drawing an object for hours
on end. It's not about finishing assignments, or getting critiques.
even about accelerated learning, even though students invariably
astonishing progress in a very short time.
at RBR is about you.
it's about unleashing the full, awesome power of your brain so you
can perceive things the way experienced artists and craftsmen do, and
your own vision with heightened precision and sensitivity. Whether
you're a newcomer or a professional, the process will amaze and enlighten
you - and give you, literally, a new perspective on life.
Right Brain Workshops
Right Brain 5-day Workshop
Instructor: Kristin Newton
December 18-22 | 9:30 AM-6:30 PM
The fee is 89,250 yen for 40 hours of instruction
Maybe you are 100% certain that you can't draw, or maybe you are very
competent and confident in your drawing ability. Maybe you are one
of those who has had the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
Betty Edwards on your bookshelf for the last 10 years, or maybe you
heard of it. Our students have come from both ends of the spectrum
and everywhere in between.
course is for everyone, from people who
can't even draw a stick figure to professional artists, whether
children or grandparents! Everyone makes progress. While we all
love to draw as
children most of us quit by the time we become teenagers out of
sheer frustration. But anyone can learn to draw! Drawing is as natural
breathing once you understand the magical 5 steps that will attune
your perceptual skills. And once you learn these 5 steps, you learn
life. All you need is to untap that Right Brain in a totally
encouraging, extremely fun environment.
5-day workshop builds such a strong foundation in drawing that most
students look for
other art classes to continue this amazing
creative journey. Welcome to the world of RBR! Check out our
find out what else we have just for you.
Profile Drawing: 4th Day of the 5-Day Right Brain Drawing Workshop
The Beauty of Color 5-day Workshop
Instructor: Kristin Newton
November 13,14,20,21,23 | 9:30 AM-6:30 PM
The fee is 89,250 yen for 40 hours of instruction
The Beauty of Color Workshop
was designed by Dr. Betty Edwards as a practical five-day basic
course in color. It is the next step and
follow-up to Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. This course
novices in color as well as more experienced artists who may
be using color without a clear understanding of how knowledge of
will focus on how to use basic theory to achieve harmonious
color and how to see and efficiently mix specific desired
hues. Students will learn about traditional color attributes
such as hue,
value, intensity and various visual, perceptual and psychological
Prerequisite: Five-Day Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
The Beauty of Color 5-Day Workshop
NEW! First time ever offered in Asia!
Right Brain Sculpture (5-day Workshop)
Instructor: Steve Lester
November 3-7 | 9:30 AM-6:30 PM
The fee is 89,250 yen for 40 hours of instruction
Joining us from his home in Russia is our special guest instructor
the month of November, Steve Lester. Like Kristin Newton, Steve was
trained and certified as a Right Brain instructor by Dr. Betty Edwards
Beach, California. He has since developed a 5-day Sculpture Workshop
incorporating Right Brain techniques that enable his students to open
their eyes and
really SEE, to perceive MASSES in space.
Lester has conducted his
5-day Sculpture workshops in clay, ice or both all over the world,
Alaska to Finland, Sweden to Russia, with amazing results. We are
extremely excited to be able to offer this unique workshop for the
first time ever
here in Asia. Prerequisite: Five-Day Drawing on the Right Side of
the Brain Workshop.
Drawing on the Writer Within
Instructor: Angela Jeffs
Thursdays | 7:00-9:30 PM | 4,200 yen
Fancy yourself a budding Bertolt Brecht, Dorothy Parker or J.K.
Always wanted to write but
never felt you could, for whatever reason?
to death of writing reports and want to loosen up, have some
an idea for a book or play but don't know how to get started?
Got a half-completed poem, novel or script in a drawer and need
to get going again?
love words and want to experiment, see where they lead you.....
a series of weekly games, exercises and
Angela will help you retrieve the natural creative energy, drive
and drama of the writer within. Sign up for classes now and draw
unexplored treasure-trove of innate literary talents. Future day-long
workshops and weekend intensives will focus on specific aspects
of writing - keeping a diary, reporting and interviewing, expanding
Instructor: Marion Zoboski & Ellen Ebata
Fridays | 10 AM - 12 PM | 5,250 yen
Come join our Visual Journal class every Friday and learn
how to document the world around you in a totally creative way!
The emphasis of this journal keeping class is on integrating
visual images and quick sketches with reflective notes, on sharpening
our tools of observation rather than emotional expression. We
will demonstrate the basics of illustration, including watercolor
and pen & ink. Even if you can't draw a stick figure, you'll
discover secret tips on how to capture what you see on paper
and present this image in a unique and ever-changing way.
Explore a myriad of techniques, from page preparations to image
transfers. No mistake is a disaster for anything can be transformed
into an interesting work of art! In this unique course for all
levels, you'll discover new depth and dimensions to journaling.
Whether you seek Zen simplicity or old-world opulence in your
art, you'll find fresh inspiration here. Whether this is your
first journal or your hundredth, you'll discover a whole new
way to tell your story and capture the important moments you'll
want to remember forever.
Mark your calendars for a special treat! On October 29, November
12, 26 Joei Lau will join Marion and Ellen in exploring the
use of calligraphy in one's Visual Journal. For those who are hooked
after the morning class, Joei will also be available in the
on the above dates to do a 3-hour workshop purely on calligraphy.
Capture all those words bubbling in your imagination in your
own unique script.
A page from the Visual Journal
Acrylic, Oil and Mixed Media
Instructor: Akane Jansen
Tuesdays | 10 AM - 1 PM | 6,300 yen
Wednesdays | 6:30 - 9:30 PM | 6,300 yen
Oil Painting, from beginners to advanced students. To make oil
paintings of value, it is very important to use clean materials so
start with the basics - how one should get ready and how materials
properly cleaned. How one plans the painting subjects will also be
covered - what kinds of subjects are suitable for oil paintings? We
with simple techniques and establish the practice of using a sketchbook
researching the subject.
Painting, from beginners to advanced students. Learn the fun of
acrylic painting. Then learn how to compare acrylics with oils,
appreciate the differences between the two mediums and discover
acrylics and oils to create mixed media paintings.
For the more advanced painters, they can explore various themes
express their originality using the many different painting
will be shown. Students will improve their skills and also develop
greater appreciation of art. Additional materials fee to cover
the cost of paint and canvas.
Instructor: Miki Furukawa
Wednesdays | 1:30 - 4:30 PM | 6,300 yen
Pastels can be one of the most
rewarding mediums to use as intense, paint-like colors can be applied
directly, smoothly blended to produce
beautiful gradations or dabbed on as impressionistic splashes of color.
So many pigments, all at your fingertips! Acrylic gouache is an opaque
pigment that can be layered on to achieve rich depths of tones. This
introduce you to the various uses of pastels and gouache and encourage
you to experiment with mixing them together to achieve beautiful color
effects and textures.
Additional materials fee for paints.
Miki Furukawa, Mixed Media & Pencil Techniques instructor
hard at play!
Instructor: Tomoko Okada
Wednesdays | 7:00 - 9:30 PM | 6,300 yen
An ongoing watercolor class for beginners. Learn all about mixing
colors and how to use the brushes and various types of papers. You
how to make beautiful tones and forms by using the accidental flow
water and how to achieve delicate shades by painting layer upon layer.
Dry Point Engraving (2-day Workshop)
Instructor: Ryu Kadosaka
November 20 & 21 | 10:00 AM-6:00 PM | 33,075 yen for
14 hours of instruction.
Tools will be provided but there will be a
small materials fee to cover the cost of extra copper plates, paper
(Those with previous engraving experience may join for a one-day
workshop. The cost would be 16,550.) This class is for all levels.
engraving techniques will be explained and demonstrated, after which
students will get their turn to practice on their own plates. Once
are comfortable with the tools, they will start on their prints,
photos or drawings that they have brought to class. On the second
will learn about the printing process and have a turn applying the
running the printing press. If there is time, they might experiment
sepia and other colored inks, as well.
Drypoint Engraving Workshop with renowned artist Ryu Kadosaka
Right Brain for Kids (5-day Workshop)
Instructor: Kristin Newton
October 26-30 | 2:00-5:00 PM | 47,250 yen for 15 hours of
instruction, materials included.
children's version of the Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain workshop
their drawing and perceptual skills. The limit
will be 10 children per class, minimum age of 9 for first timers,
from 8 for
those who have had a previous Right Brain class.
The key to mastering drawing is learning to really see, instead
of drawing stereotyped symbols of what we think we see.
big problem with
now, especially in Japan, is that manga cartoons are so popular that
the age of 5 most kids just stick to copying their favorite characters
completely lose their creativity. Kids really want to make things
real and if they can't by the age of 13, they usually give up on
What a tragedy! Some in the art educational establishment say that
Drawing on the Right Side emphasis on realism in art can only be
expense of imaginative expression but if you don't look, how can
draw from imagination? Because it's through looking that the
becomes rich and true.
Guitar | Piano
RBR inaugurated its music program
in 2004, opening an exciting new chapter in our development as Tokyo's
premier center for the creative
is provided for all ages in piano and guitar using
the whole-brain learning method developed by Dr. Robert Pace,
Professor Emeritus of Teachers College at Columbia University. Widely
as the most
effective method of musical education, the Pace Approach enables
children to spontaneously bring out their innate talent for music
activities that encourage integrated development in musical thinking,
emotions and dexterity. Because classes are diversified and fun,
children seldom drop out and instead acquire life-long benefits
Pace Method Piano Classes for Kids and Adults
Instructors: Sawako Fujita and Utako Akemoto
Develop your child's musical capability while enhancing his/her
intelligence! These classes are much more than just piano lessons.
children will enjoy learning music through singing, playing piano,
listening, reading, learning musical theory and creating music
it be classical, pop or jazz. This method is most effective in
where pupils can learn together as well as from each other. These
change as the students progress.
Instructor: Toshimasa Yamaguchi
A guitar class for contemporary music lovers of all ages, whether
preference be the blues, jazz or rock. Learn what rhythm is all
how to create a melody, strum a chord. Come as you are, electric
will be provided for you. During the first months, private lessons
offered to get to know the students and evaluate their level
interests. Once determined, the students will be placed in groups
four to six
similarly talented individuals. These groups may change as the
progress. The next Rock Star is waiting to be discovered!
Instructor: Steve Tomlinson
Wednesdays | Tap 5:3-6:30 PM, Hip Hp/Jazz 6:30-7:30 PM, Salsa 7:30-9:30 PM
give a big welcome to new RBR staff member, Steve Tomlinson, here to
kick off. RBR's dance program. Steve is a New York native with many
years of experience as a professional dancer, actor and singer. Steve's
career began at Walt Disney World in Florida but soon expanded to include
stage, television, national and international tours. Steve has worked
with MGM Studios, Universal Studios and appeared on several musicals
including 42nd Street, Footloose and On the Town. Steve will help students
regain their sense of harmony and dance to the beat of their hearts!
Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop will all be covered.
is the key to RBR's dynamic Music and Performing Arts Programs. Create
your own melody, learn to dance to the music, and let the performer
in you shine through!
Wednesdays | 7:30-8:30 PM | 2,625 yen
Bridgewater, a multi-talented vocalist who has performed in Japan,
Europe, the U.S, and the Caribbean, at such places as Ceasar's
Palace, London Palladium,
Royal Albert Hall and Apollo Theater, is the newest member of the
Do you like singing? Does gospel
music fit your style? Do you enjoy harmonizing with a group?
You may have started taking lessons because you loved to sing and
wanted to get better at it but after spending countless hours
told to, " Stand up straight! Open your throat! Sing louder! No sing softer!" without
making any real progress, you probably began to lose that original
passion that made you want to sing in the first place.
Singing at RBR will banish that feeling forever! The vocal chords are
muscles, and like all muscles they can be trained
and strengthened. Just as a pianist must train his or her hands and
fingers to improve,
a singer must train his or her vocal chords to make different
coordinations." Traditional voice lessons make singing difficult
as singers feel constrained by the idea of performing properly. Singing
about artistry and the communication of emotion. Gospel singing will
have you performing with more ease and energy, plus it's so much fun.
You'll learn melodies, harmonies, rhythms and counter-melodies, and
you'll find the joyous expression of this wonderful vocal tradition.
is a great social activity. These lessons can help to develop technique
and posture and breathing AND you DON'T have to be a great
singer to enjoy it!
Call RBR to find out more information or check out our website.
RBR Gallery and Creative Space
1F Nishimachi House, 2-14-4 Moto Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 106-0046
Tel. (03) 3798-8622