2001 – 2024

Insight School of Art teachers

Insight School of Art will be closing at the end of the summer term 2024. We are proud to have provided an art school education for adults and children for twenty three years, enriching the lives of up to 400 students every term.

Please share your memories of studying at Insight School of Art by clicking the comment button below. You can add photographs too.

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18 responses to “2001 – 2024”

  1. Sarah D’Souza says:

    I started attending Insight classes in earnest in the pandemic – zoom classes with Karen and the lovely St Albans people and then beginners watercolour and acrylic with Mick and drawing and oils with Karen before joining Thursdays with Karen and Paul as well as one off workshops with Lara and Rob Verrill and a spot of zoom life drawing with Mick. It has been brilliant and it is very sad to see it come to an end. Insight has been a very special place and hugely important to me in the last few years. It has opened my eyes to so many new things, ways of thinking and creating and brought me into contact with so many inspiring teachers and fantastic fellow students. A huge thank you to everyone involved and particular thanks to Paul for his brilliant leadership. I have chosen a piece I did when we were considering chance in art as it epitomises the quality of teaching at Insight and the impact it has had on me.

  2. Winston Newman says:

    Studio sinks at Lancaster Road

  3. Winston Newman says:

    I joined Lara’s Wednesday watercolour class at Insight in 2015, to build up a hobby before impending retirement. Lara taught me to mix my own green and black, to half close my eyes to assess tones, to look for the negative spaces, to handle life drawing, use charcoal, etc. She always found positive things to say about everyone’s work, regardless of its actual quality. When lockdown took hold, she gave us a huge morale boost, with her talking paintbrushes and interesting exercises. Lara also opened up the world of printmaking and Lino cuts.
    This is my version of the studio sinks in Lancaster Road.

  4. Jamie Gordon says:

    Insight is a place I feel I grew up in and where i have deep roots.

    After attending classes twenty years ago, Paul offered me a part-time job at Insight whilst becoming my mentor for my new photography business.

    As my business started to blossom i began renting my office there 🙂

    I spent the rest of my 20’s being part of the Insight Family. Welcoming people into their art classes, playing catch with Paul between lessons and playing table tennis in term breaks.

    I watched and learnt from Paul as he masterfully grew Insight and supported 100’s of students and many teachers dance in the world of Art.

    Paul, thankyou for being my Teacher, Mentor & Friend. Thankyou for your guidance and wisdom over the years.

    I am greatful to have been part of the Insight Family.

    I’m excited to see your next chapter unfold.

    Love you, Jamie

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  7. Karen Walters says:

    Fantastic memories of working at Insight!
    I’ve loved working with students and staff.
    Wishing Paul every success for the future.

    Karen x

  8. Simon Jackman says:

    Monday evenings had already become an oasis of calm from daily life but my enduring memory was of Feb 2020 when the world outside was on the brink of pandemic chaos and the Insight studio felt even more like a refuge. I painted this in one of those pre-pandemic sessions and I think the peace I felt ended up in the painting.

  9. Estelle Lovatt says:

    Paul Regan is a legend. A tremendous artist in his own right, & hero in the world of art education through Insight. It’s been a great great pleasure to know and work with him. I’ve loved every minute, from Lancaster Rd to Whetstone.

  10. Di Roberts says:

    The 11 years I worked at Insight were some of the happiest in my life. I had been teaching Art & Design in a secondary school near Watford when a message on the staff room noticeboard caught my eye. ‘Part-time Art teacher needed for private adult art school in Barnet’. That’s how Paul started off, with a couple of classes a day, in a room above a church hall. We had to improvise somewhat to ensure the students enjoyed their lessons, including good lighting (which we had fun attaching to hooks in the ceiling using a long stick with a cup hook screwed in one end).

    As the classes expanded and Paul found more suitable premises in Lancaster Road, Insight developed into a proper School of Art, teaching all ages, employing more staff and becoming the best centre of learning in Hertfordshire (according to many students).

    While Paul maintained the highest standards of teaching, and we all worked hard, the staff also had fun. We played table tennis in between classes. I confess to labelling a piece of work with a fictitious name (an anagram of ‘Paul Regan’) which he didn’t spot for weeks. I once had to ask a model in the life drawing class to leave because of his inappropriate posing.

    I have many more fond memories of my years on Insight’s staff, mainly of the amazing students I had the pleasure to teach. (These included an ex-nun; a lady who told me (loudly) that she was having an affair; a lovely lady who had been a prima ballerina in her youth; a famous screenwriter; and a man who’d spent the 70’s designing record covers.)

    Paul was wonderful as Insight’s director and as our boss. As I neared retirement, I realised just how much I’d learned from him, as do the hundreds of students who’ve benefitted from Insight, many of whom have gone on to become independent, practising artists. Paul should feel so proud of all he achieved.

  11. Sophie Newman says:

    Receiving a commendation for my Great Dixter painting

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  14. Lara says:

    More memories 1

  15. Paul Regan says:

    Jamie Gordon sent this photograph to me recently. A group of Insight students each painted a section of Oakhill Park to create a panoramic view of the East Barnet Festival 2010.

  16. Lara says:

    More happy memories…

  17. Lara says:

    So many happy memories x

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