Tucked away in an apartment complex across from April Gourmet, there’s a large, airy space filled with art supplies, children’s books, and sewing materials. It may look tranquil now, but Atelier (French for “workshop”) has taken off like a rocket since opening on September 15. Founded by French artists Marianne Daquet and Anaïs Martane, Atelier offers art classes for kids, teens, and adults. All programs are led by professionals with their own artistic practice, including visual artists, theater directors, seamstresses, museum curators, and more. Though single classes are available, Atelier encourages students to commit for an entire semester; the idea is to develop a passion for art through regular practice. There are no more than eight students for art lessons and 10-12 for theater workshops. For now, most courses are taught in English, French, and Italian, but the school will offer more languages as new teachers join the roster. Looking ahead, Daquet and Martane envision Atelier as an art school, community center, and event venue all wrapped into one. “Our real goal is to become an unavoidable institution in Beijing,” Daquets says with a smile. From the looks of things, they are well on their way.
Atelier 啊特黎尔 RMB 250/class, RMB 240/class (kids); RMB 2,400/semester, RMB 2,200/semester (kids). Discounts available for each additional member of a family or individuals taking multiple courses. RMB Rm 202, Bldg C, Jinxiu Yuan, Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (6416 1614, 132 4018 4908, firstname.lastname@example.org) www.atelier.cn.com 朝阳区幸福村中路锦绣园C座202室