Marianne Daquet, Atelier's Founder & Director

After graduating from two French Fine Art Schools, Marianne Daquet, became a young and promising artist, she took part in several exhibitions (Fondation Cartier, Palais de Tokyo, FIAC) and began to teach art in different schools located in disadvantaged neighborhoods to kids from primary to high school.

After meeting a French man who had already been in Beijing for several years, she joined him in 2006, and while she found a new inspiration in her drawing, she developed a small art school in her own studio in the hutong. After the birth of her two daughter, she began to experience this strong feeling that she would stay in Beijing for a while. The project that she matured for years was ready to get launched: she opened Atelier Art School in September 2012. Since then Atelier has grown in a comprehensive art educational project that she leads this with passion, a curious and open mind and creativity!

She has been teaching Art for 11 years in France and in Beijing. Passing on her passion for Art studies has become her life’s purpose.

Alice Li, Toddlers & Younger Kids Teacher

Graduated from art design and preschool education majors, Alice has devoted herself to art education for young children.

In nearly 10 years' working life, she has gained a rich experience in teaching and getting along with children.

Alice understands children's needs, both physical and psychological, and most important of all, she loves children and children love her back.

Alice's students feel happy in her class and are eager to come to her lessons. The development of their attention to the world and their creativity is obvious, as the parents of a little girl said, Alice's class has "given her a real love for art and creativity".

Alice has been teaching courses for Toddlers and younger kids at Atelier since its opening in 2012.

Thomas Colquhoun, Teacher

Tom is a trained artist and teacher from Edinburgh, Scotland. He has lived in Beijing since 2015.

He studied Fine Arts at Duncan of Jordanstone college of arts in Dundee. His background is primarily in painting, drawing and sculpture although he has experience working in a range of different media and styles.

He graduated with a BA in 2013, before learning how to teach english as a foreign language. Since then he has been accumulating experience teaching children to speak English in a range of different countries, schools, ages and environments, most recently at Beiwai Qingshao training school in Beijing, where he worked for the last two years. As a teacher he has tried to inspire his students to explore and think creatively, and as a new teacher at Atelier he is excited to finally be combining his passions of teaching and art!

Guillaume Domas, Teacher

Guillaume was born in Switzerland and educated in France.

After graduating from a French Fine Art School, Guillaume worked for a French association dedicated to the diffusion of art practices in the suburbs of Lyon. He was responsible for the practice of arts outreach and audience development for the digital art pole of the association.

After this associative experience, guillaume worked in a public library and developed young audience programs.

Guillaume is open minded and curious, particularly interested in new technologies and digital skills that he integrates in his own artistic practice and use as a teacher to enrich his teaching tool-box. He traveled a lot with a specific taste for Asia that gave him a new glance at his life projects, he decided to leave France for China and took the opportunity to be an art teacher for Atelier to begin a new life in Beijing.

Julien Creff, Photography Teacher

Julien Creff is an independent photographer who owned an MA in Photojournalism at the University of Westminster and has been working as a workshop leader in London and Paris for 10 years.  His passion for both film and digital photography lead him to set up photographic workshops for young people and adults. Meanwhile he also set up several personal and collective exhibitions in London and Paris.

He also graduated as a qualified French teacher at Goldsmiths University and taught in Secondary schools in London. In 2003, Julien taught French (FLE) to Chinese students at Ocean University of China in Qingdao. He prepared his students for DELF examination. During his training, he focused his research on a creative teaching method, using photography as a key medium for language learning.

Julien is teaching photography at Atelier.

Louise Arntz, Visual Art Teacher

Coming from a French and Dutch background, Louise Arntz has lived in the UAE until her passion for art led her to study in France (ESACM) and Istanbul (YTU). After receiving her degree in Fine Arts and favored in an artists residency, she decided to gain more experience not only by traveling but by working. It is in the competitive city of New York that she gained a vast knowledge of the art scene by working in a gallery, art shipping company and as an artist assistant. With these experiences, her devotion for art grew exponentially and so did her appetite for different lifestyle. She currently resides in Beijing, sharing her skills, knowledge and experiences while still learning from the diverse Chinese culture.



Olivier Yang, Drawing&Painting Teacher

Olivier is a French painter who studied oil painting for many years with one of the famous painter Balthus’ students. He graduated from CAFA (Central Academy of Fine Art) with a master’s degree of oil painting and mural painting (tempera, fresco). Professionally trained in a wide array of artistic mediums, he has professional experience in teaching painting and can teach French, Chinese and English. With excellent communicative and interpersonal skills as well as an extensive background in working with students of all ages, his resourceful and imaginative teaching and talent for instilling art appreciation is sure to inspire students. Promoting creativity and open-mindedness, he now teaches basic and intermediate drawing and painting at Atelier.

Sebastien Thomas, Atelier Fablab Co-founder and Director

First journey in Asia in 1999, Sebastien was absorbed by his fascination for China and his passion of new inventions.

A great enthusiast of new technology, he decides to settle down at Beijing with his wife and two children in 2015.  For ten years, he has been working within a big international Engineering company, from numerical simulation to engineering team leader. He decided to launch l’Atelier FabLab of Beijing in 2016 together with Atelier Art school.

Monica, Administrator

Monica has been in Beijing for 7 years. She has rich working experiences as a direction assistant. Before Atelier she worked at "The bookworm " which is a beautiful English bookshop located in Sanlitun.

Monica likes reading and meditating, and good at listening and understanding the needs of the people, she aims at giving people around her a real and meaningful help.

She is deeply convinced that the ability of seeing the beauty in everything can make the world a better place, so working at Atelier with passionate art teacher really is became a fulfilling experience.