Lessons during the Coronavirus epidemic

Updated 29th July 2020.

In response to the Coronavirus epidemic, we have changed the way we run our classes, making sure that all of our staff and students are safe in the studio.

From September 2020 we will be running our classes for adults and children from our Whetstone studio, with many classes on Zoom simultaneously. We will also return to Bricket Wood to run classes but these won't be shown on Zoom. Class numbers in our Whetstone studio, and our 'home from home' studio in Bricket Wood, have been lowered to 14 for our adult and children's classes and 8 for life drawing classes.

All life drawing classes can be attended in person or over Zoom, with a Zoom Pass. A Zoom Pass gives access to all three Life Drawing sessions each week throughout the term. All students who book a studio place will also receive a Zoom Pass.

We have measured out our studios so that seats are at least two meters apart or partitioned by a large screen. Demonstrations will be viewed at a distance on a big screen and work will be requested at a viewing area for critique.

We don't like having rules at Insight, but it has been necessary to create a list of Studio Rules for the duration of the pandemic. If you attend classes in the studio, please adhere to the following:

Please avoid arriving to your class early or leaving late so that we have time to prepare the studio for each class.

As a courtesy to others, please do not come in the studio if you are showing signs of being unwell.

If you have tested positive for Coronavirus, please self isolate and only come to the studio after the quarantine period and when you are no longer contagious.

Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser when you arrive. Repeat at regular intervals during your class.

Wear a mask or a visor at all times when you are not at your table.

Stay two meters away from other students as much as possible.

Please sit where indicated and do not move tables or screens.

Bring your own drink and food. Please do not bring products that contain nuts.

The kitchen area is currently out of bounds except for, in the case of classes in Whetstone, the use of the drinking water tap. Please use your own cups.

We will clean the toilet regularly but please let us know if it needs additional cleaning.

Cleaning spray will be available for adults to use on their tables and chairs.

It is not possible at the moment to invite parents into children’s classes.

Only one person may stand in each sink area at a time.

Use disposable palettes for acrylics and oils to save time at the sinks. In Bricket Wood we recommend bringing water in a bottle for painting sessions.

Please take your work and equipment home with you after class if possible.

Students need to bring their own materials for all classes, except for children’s classes and beginners classes for adults on Thursday afternoons, both of which are held in Whetstone.

Finally, please be patient. We are trying our best!