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!

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.

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, Visual Art Teacher

Olivier Yang is a French painter who studied oil painting for many years with one of 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 in many languages such as 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 in fine arts at Atelier.