How we teach children
‘I remember, all those years ago, during my first year at art school, I would arrive each morning not knowing what was in store for me, but ready to take part in whatever challenge had been planned. Then, at the end of the day, I would walk home, enriched with new skills and knowledge, elated and exhausted. Those days proved to be some of the best learning experiences I would have, and became the catalyst for what I aim to provide at Insight School of Art every day.‘
Paul Regan, Insight Founder and Director
Insight provides a grown up ‘Art School’ experience for children of all ages. Our classes bring together children who not only love making art, but also want to learn and achieve more from their painting and drawing. It's not necessary for children to arrive to their first class with accomplished painting and drawing skills but a passion for making art is essential.
Insight's experienced teachers write new lesson plans every term, ensuring that students of all abilities learn new skills and techniques, and broaden their knowledge of art. Children develop skills in drawing and painting each term, including in the use of watercolour, acrylic and oil paints.
Students work within the themes of People, Places and Objects, exploring different genres, representational and abstract, and working from direct observation, photographs and imagination. Children who attend our 11-14yrs and 15-18yrs studio classes also complete a four week project of their own choice, helping them to develop their own world into successful personal paintings or drawings.
At the end of each term all children who attend our studio based classes exhibit their work before taking their folder home.
All of our teachers are highly qualified with experience teaching in schools or collages, and run their own art practice. Teachers are supported in class by our studio assistants and all adults in class hold up to date DBS (CRB) checks.
In 2020 Insight began providing online classes in response to the Coronavirus lockdown. Students who attend painting and drawing classes online receive twelve challenging lessons each term sent by email in the form of video introductions, demonstrations and presentations showing the work of other artists relevant to the brief. Students are invited to weekly Zoom sessions with their teachers and fellow students, and encouraged to email their work in in for critique.