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Adult Art Club in all Mediums

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Welcome to the Art Trail Club
Home of "Art with Class"



Thank you to all our historic customers. After many years we are now permanently closed

Welcome to Jill McKay's Art Trail Club, the home of Art with Class. Historically we have historically provided very high class weekly classes and workshops specialising in Adult Art Tuition with classes during the day, evening and some at weekends. Our services now however centre around running a club for artists of all standards and occassional events to bring people together staying connected. We also also specialise in offering 121 personal tuiton to fast track or just take it at your pace to your artistic flare. See also our CALENDAR pages

We still offer a gift voucher facility which may be redeemed against any of our non profit making events or services below. These make special gifts for someone special or indeed yourself!

Our Club is situated in Ferndown Dorset, close to Bournemouth, Poole, Ringwood, Verwood, Blandford, Wimborne and easy driving from Southampton and other main towns. In fact we have good access from most places.

We organise occassional local 'Coffee Chats', and practical meetings where artists can develop their skills in Watercolour, Acrylic, Oils, Gouache, Pastel, Oriental Brush Art, Drawing, Mixed Media classes or just come for the social side of painting.

Beginners, rusty returners, improvers, intermediate and advanced artists are all welcome.

One to one, or private group tuition is available on request, when we can discuss personal arrangements.


ATC COursesArt with Class - Services & Events

  • Art Trail Centre Facebook page for Club News
  • Website CALENDAR page for Club events and news
  • Annual Outdoor day, usually in August. Good for artists, photographers and socialites
  • One to One private art chats
  • Ipad Coffee mornings
  • Local Coffee morning chats

Art Gift Vouchers

What are you giving that special person for their birthday, anniversary or Christmas?
We offer gifts beyond their own value which provide lasting memories and enjoyment.

Art with Class gift vouchers are available on request and can be tailored to your requirements and can be for any amount. Do you have friends and family who do not know what to buy you? See our Gift voucher page.

New Style

Art advice for groups or individuals with Jill McKay can be given in the following media:

  • Watercolour Painting
  • Acrylics
  • Soft Pastels
  • Gouache
  • Various Drawing Media
  • Oils
  • Pen and Wash
  • Oriental Brush Painting
  • Mixed Media

Suitable for : - Beginners, Improvers and Experienced artists (or budding ones!)

Art with Class -

EXHIBITION JUDGE for Art Groups & Societies

Jill Mckay has delivered successful Courses for over 25 years and has also taken groups of students up to and successfully through their GCSE and A Level Art Exams. Having taught around 150 students a week during this time in all mediums, she is still available for judging Art Group Exhibitions.

Personal or mini group tuition

Please contact us in advance for any personal or group help that you require. You may call or email us with your art requirement. We will need to discuss your specific painting or drawing needs to ensure we will meet your expectations.


We pride ourselves that we have provided the best artistic and professionally delivered classes and workshops in Dorset.

A sample of some genuine Art with Class student feedback quotes we have received each week:

"To Jill with thanks for your inspiring teaching. I really feel that I am making progress in my painting which I never thought would be possible. I really love my lessons with you - June"

"Thank you Jill I have been apprehensive about starting art and the investment in your one to one personal lessons has been outstanding. I have learnt so much and importantly gained confidence. Thank you again - Gina"

" I have been painting a number a years and became dispondant with my progress, I have attended classes with other organisations but remained frustrated with the outcomes. I found you on the internet and wow what a couple of personal lessons I have had. I have learnt more in these two, two hour lessons than since I started painting many years ago. Thank you for your professional, fun and sensitive tutition to meet my specific needs. John"

" My daughter bought me some lessons with JIll and I am over the moon with the style of teaching and the amount I have learnt - thank you Jill so much. Mary"

"Painting day - Thank you today for making the day so lovely! You are a great team, very encouraging , and fun to be with! It was a lovely day and very successful......Di x "

"Art with Class classes and workshops with Jill are absolutely fantasic -we learn a lot and it's so much fun too, I can't wait until the next one"

"I attended my first workshop with Jill and although travelling from London I find her workshops inspiring. You are so lucky to have such a talented tutor on your doorstep in Dorset"

"Dear Jill,

Thank you for a wonderful Acrylic's course run at Denman, weekend past. I really did enjoy your course & I can only sing your praises on all aspects of your teaching. I am planning on attending more of your courses, work diary allowing.

Thanks again & keep up the excellent work.

Jane Ferrett

"I feel as though my eyes have been lasered as I see art in such a different way after attending Jill's lessons"

"I recently moved to Dorset and have tried several tutors over the years. I am absolutely thrilled to find Jill's - 'Art with Class' lessons. I initially attended one of the workshops but have now enrolled on the courses which have proved to be so good. I would highly recommend them"

" I was given an art voucher by a friend to attend a Taster workshop, I must admit to being apprehensive at first but needn't have worried, the lesson was so informative, relaxed and exceptionally professionally presented. I've now joined the evening classes and am really enjoying my painting. Thank you XXX, you have given me a present which will last a lifetime"

"I was told I couldn't paint when attending school and that 'art wasn't my thing'. It just goes to show that with a good teacher how wrong one can be . I now am a confident artist enjoying my new hobby. Thank you so much as my life has definately changed for the better."

" I recently lost my partner and needed to find something else to help fill my time. I was so lucky to have a good friend who highly recommended your classes and workshops. What a difference these make to my life, I have made new friends, thoroughly enjoy the classes and Jill's teaching is so well delivered even I can understand it!"

"I called the Art Trail Centre following my search on the internet for Art Classes, lessons etc in dorset. I received such a lovely feeling when speaking to the person on the phone I decided to try a class. I'm so glad I did I am having such a wonderful time and have made many new friends"

"We travel a lot and enjoy our retirement taking holidays and cruises. We wanted to remember the places we visit in a better way and not just from photographs. We enquired about the courses and attended for one 12 week term prior our next cruise. We learned so much it was amazing and cannot wait until we practice painting on our holidays"

"As a professional working during the day I attend the evening classes. They are so well delivered and I find the whole experience relaxing and very well presented"

"I have to say I am so impressed with the classes, you make everyone feel special and welcome"

"Just a quick note to thankyou for your excellent painting class. I am amazed how far I have come in just four months from an absolute beginner to someone with confidence to paint pictures as gifts for other people.

It is truly remarkable the number of techniques, styles and subjects you learn each term that you can develop and put to work at home in your own paintings. With friendly tuition, excellent content reasonable prices and expert advice. I would recommend your classes to anyone interested in taking up painting. - Andy Gill"

For more feedback see our feedback page as students continue to give us more feedback that they wish to share with you.

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Thank you to all our historic customers. After many years we are now permanenyly closed




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Thank you to all our historic customers. After many years we are now permanenyly closed

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Thank you to all our historic customers. After many years we are now permanenyly closed


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Thank you to all our historic customers. After many years we are now permanenyly closed




Thank you to all our historic customers. After many years we are now permanenyly closed