Frequently Asked Questions

What is Insight?

Insight specialises in art education. We run weekly classes and workshop days, with many classes simultaneously running via Zoom, helping people to become better painters, including artists, leisure painters and children.

Where are your physical classes held?

Insight runs classes at two venues. The majority of classes are held in our main studio in Whetstone, North London, but we also hold two classes for adults on Fridays in Bricket Wood near St Albans. An address and a map for each venue can be found on our Find us page.

How do I get to Insight in Whetstone?

To access the studio in Whetstone you will need to enter the pedestrian gate marked Cadbury Close on the map below. You will need a code to get through the gate so please get in touch if you haven’t received it before the start of term. Once through the gate, walk along the path to the end and turn left. The entrance is in the corner.

The studio door will be opened ten minutes before the start of each lesson. Please avoid arriving any earlier. The door will be locked during children’s classes and life drawing, so if you arrive late to your class or you need to collect your child early, please use the door buzzer.

Unfortunately we don’t have a waiting area for parents. Please bring your child to the classroom at the start of the lesson and return to collect them at the end.

Map of Whetstone including Insight School of Art

The best way to travel to Insight in Whetstone is by bus. Buses 34, 234, 263 and 326 stop outside the school.

34Directions Barnet Church and Arnos Grove
234Directions Barnet Spires and Muswell Hill
263Directions Barnet Hospital and East Finchley
326Directions Barnet Spires and Finchley Central

Insight in Whetstone is a 6 minute walk from Totteridge and Whetstone underground station, which is on the High Barnet branch of the Northern Line (Zone 4) and a 10 minute walk from Oakleigh Park overground station.

There is free roadside parking all day fifty metres north of Insight in Whetstone, in the direction of Barnet, and on most of the roads off of the High Street.

On the east side of the High Street, you can park all day from 10am, which is ideal for students coming to classes in the morning, starting at 10.15am.

On the west side of the high street you can park all day until 4pm.

You can park on any single yellow line on the High Street from 7pm. Evening classes in Whetstone run from 7.15 - 9.30pm to allow time to park and walk to class.

Barnet Council’s website states the following for Blue Badge permit holders:

Parking concessions:

  • Park for up to 3 hours on a yellow line waiting restriction ( single or double - the restriction is the same, but double lines apply 24-hours a day) - the accompanying clock must be displayed and the correct time of arrival set
  • Park for unlimited periods at Pay-by-Phone parking places, unless signage specifies a maximum stay
  • Park at disabled badge holder parking places, either for an unlimited time or for the time shown on nearby signs

Further information about where you can and can’t park with a blue badge is available online.

Marks and Spencer’s located opposite the school offers two hours free parking for customers. They have cameras at the entrance to record your number plate.

How do I get to Insight in St Albans?

Our St Albans classes are held in St Stephen’s Parish Hall, Bricket Wood. There is a map on our contact page.

There is a large carpark next to the venue which is free to use.

There is a bus stop two minutes walk from the studio on Lye Lane.

361 Directions St Albans and Bricket Wood
635 Directions Hatfield, Watford and Stevenage

Bricket Wood train station is also two minutes from the studio, on Station Road. Trains run from St Albans Abbey and Watford Junction.

Do I need to bring my own equipment?

For most studio classes, adults are required to provide their own equipment, except students who attend our Introduction classes or Life Drawing in Whetstone.

Materials are provided for all children’s studio based classes.

You will need to provide your own materials for our online classes.

You will find a suggested list of equipment and materials in the next section of this page.

If you attend a class in Whetstone that requires you to supply your own materials then you might like to leave your equipment at the school in between classes. We have dedicated shelving space available for art boxes. If you would like to leave your art box, please make sure that it is clearly named and there is nothing of high value inside. Please note that any equipment left at Insight is done so at your own risk.

We also have various sizes of watercolour, acrylic and drawing paper available in our Whetstone studio for you to purchase if you would prefer not to carry an art pad to class.

Our studios are turps and white sprit odour free environments. For oil painting classes we recommend using Winsor and Newton Artisan watermixable oils or an odour free paint dilutant like Zest-It. If you’re not painting with a water-soluble paint, we ask that you use your own palette and take it home to clean.

Easels, water pots, palettes and boards are provided in our Whetstone studio.

What equipment and materials should I bring to class?

If you are attending a class that requires you to bring your own equipment and materials, the following list is an example of a suitable starter set. We have listed materials made by Winsor and Newton, but other makes are also available.

If you are looking to buy art materials online you might like to visit:

Tube paints:
Watercolours: W&N Cotman
Acrylics: W&N Galeria
Oils: W&N Artisan Watermixable

Cobalt Blue
Lemon Yellow
Cadmium Yellow
Cadmium Red
Ivory Black
Titanium White (Acrylics and oils only)
Chinese White (Watercolour only)

Watercolour: Cotman round numbers 12, 6 and 2
Oils and acrylic: Galeria filbert numbers 12, 8 and flat number 2

Watercolour: Cotman 16"x12"
Oils and Acrylics: Galeria acrylic 20"x16"

2B pencil, sharpener and rubber

How do I contact Insight in an emergency?

In the case of emergencies, please call 07963 190197.

What should I wear?

People attending acrylic, oil or children's classes will most likely get paint on their clothes at some point in the term which won’t wash out. We recommend that students wear clothes that they don’t mind getting paint on. Failing this, aprons and smocks which cover the arms are recommended.

Do you provide refreshments?

(2020 update. We have currently suspended supplying refreshments until the coronavirus passes and our kitchen is closed. Please bring your own drinks and snacks to class). After Coronavirus we expect to return to supplying tea, coffee and biscuits during classes for adults. Children should bring a small snack and a drink to class. Please avoid bringing food containing nuts to any classes as we have students with severe allergies. Please bring lunch if you or your child is attending a full day workshop.

Special needs

We need to know if you, or your child, has special educational needs, disabilities, health requirements or allergies. It’s really important that we are aware so that we can provide the best possible lessons. If you haven’t informed us about something that you feel we should know about, please do so as soon as possible.

How do I enrol?

You can enrol for classes securely from this website using a credit or debit card by clicking the links next to each class.

’Book Now' signifies that anyone may book a place straight away by clicking the link.

Current members are given priority to re-book their full term class before new members. New members may book full term classes from March 1st, July 1st and November 1st. Classes usually become fully booked soon after this date.

Places for workshop days are available on a first come first served basis.

New members should receive a New Members Information Sheet. This has the gate code on it and other important information. Please contact the school if you don't receive one within 14 days of booking.

What is your cancellation policy?

Should you change your mind and wish to cancel your booking, please let us know within 48 hours and we will be happy to refund your payment.

After 48 hours of booking, for term time classes, if you need to cancel your booking before the start of term you will be offered credit for use in the future (this will only be offered once). It is usually possible to make up for individual classes missed by attending an additional class during the same term. We are unable to refund fees.

After 48 hours of booking, we are unable to offer refunds or credit for one off workshops or online classes. If however the class has a waiting list, we maybe able to sell your place for you. It is advisable to inform us as early as possible.

Any further questions?

Call: 07963 190197