I am a trilingual art curator with a lifelong passion for languages and teaching.
On TakeLessons, I'm teaching two language courses through art: Chinese Mandarin and French.
From college time to the present, I have taught many people Chinese Mandarin, French language and art history in different countries. My students ranged from kids to adults, from European or American-born Chinese to Western expats living abroad. I love to share my knowledge with people who need it, help them to discover their real passion, improve their skills, and find their way to achieving their goals.
My students learn a second language by observing and interpreting modern and contemporary artworks. They discover paintings, sculptures, photography, animation, video, film and the artworks made with the cutting-edge technologies, learn to describe an artwork from the simplest words such as colors, forms, numbers to the most complex art critic writings. With art, language learning becomes easy, fun, highly visualized and interactive. Art gives the language learners the chance to explore the most their sensitivity with words, to think out of the box so they can develop the most wonderful imagination and creativity in the most natural way. Everyone could be a language geek AND an art talent. I wish I am the person who helps you to discover your hidden talents, have the freedom to express yourself in all languages you want to people you love and care about.
For more details about the two courses, please check my pages Chinese and French on TakeLessons. I'm currently teaching the two courses at The Language School (French, Red Bank) and Huaxia South Chinese School (Mandarin, Middletown) in New Jersey at my spare time.
Xiaoying Juliette Yuan is a curator and consultant focusing on the alliance of art, science, and technology.
From 2004 to the present, she has organized numerous large-scale exhibitions, conferences, and educational workshops for international biennials and festivals and worked with international art fairs, academies, and institutions. As a trilingual researcher, she has widely published in art magazines and journals and lectured at conferences and academies.
In 2012, she was appointed the curator for "Syncretic Cybernetics," the first retrospective of Roy Ascott, the British pioneer in the telematic art within the 9th Shanghai Biennale in China. The exhibition introduced the master's great theory and art practice to China, facilitated a series of close collaborations between the two parties in the following years.
In 2011-2013, she accomplished a large publication project, “Media Arts Collection” introducing a group of Western media art pioneers’ writings to China. Today, these writings are still considered an important contribution to the media arts world in China.
In 2013, she organized a screening program for the New York-based notable non-profit art organization, Havestwork’s New York Electronic Festival (NYEAF), presenting a series of sound and visual works from a group of emerging artists from China Mainland.
In 2015, collaborating again with NYEAF, she brought five pioneer artists from Taiwan and Hong Kong to showcase their sound projects, among whom Samson Young was nominated the representative artist for Hong Kong at the 2017 Venice Biennale. Her work received significant support from the Ministry of Culture in Taipei, TECO Taipei Cultural Center (New York), and the Museum of the Moving Image (New York).
In 2016, she initiated the "Digital Art Collection Club (DACC)," presenting a series of small-scale symposiums focusing on the digital art education and collection.
Xiaoying is constantly interested in artists’ creative processes in the specific field of art and technology as well as the curators’ role in such processes.
Born in Beijing to one of the most influential families in the traditional Chinese medicine, Xiaoying began to study Chinese classical literature and the English language at preschool age. She soon developed a strong sensitivity to the subtlety of words and a deep appreciation for the freedom of expressing oneself in different languages.
She had her first language teaching experience in college, at the prestigious China Foreign Affairs University, providing private Mandarin class to French corporates in Beijing. This part-time teaching job was rewarded by a long-term position at the Air France Beijing Delegation at her graduation from the college. In the last two decades, Xiaoying has been teaching Mandarin, French, and English, or in the three languages on numerous occasions in different countries. Her students have ranged from teenagers to adults, from Western-born Chinese to international expats living abroad. Specialized in art and literature, her teaching philosophy emphasizes on the refinement of language, inspiring the learners to express themselves with accuracy and authenticity by embracing the power of art and literature.