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The Art Trail Centre Taster Workshops



Paintings may vary - example of beginners results - Probably the best present ever - the gift of Art - very few things last as long

This is an ideal time to see the many Art with Class styles and techniques taught at Jill McKay's Art Trail Centre in Ferndown, just 7 miles from Bournemouth or Poole, 5 miles from Ringwood, 3 miles from Wimborne and 20 minutes form Blandford.

Please read through our site navigation, ABOUT US, TUTOR, CALENDAR, HOLIDAYS & CLASSES above.

Special Offer - New to Art? on offer will be special 2016 Art with Class taster watercolour workshops for Adults (see calendar page for more info). A really great gift.

These watercolour taster workshops will be held on the following dates and are open to all new students. See our terms and conditions below. They make ideal presents for yourself or someone special and will provide a good introduction to our teaching methods. If you and a friend or relative would like to try these workshops together prior to moving in to our workshops or classes, we recommend you book in advance.

Due to demand these workshops are advance-booked some months ahead, so do use our booking service now to avoid disappointment.If the dates below have expired then book mark this page to see when others become available or contact us and we will contact you prior to the event.

Existing Artists

For those who have painted before there are occasionally special or separate workshops to further your techniques and ability. We pride ourselves in teaching students of all levels, and develop the skills of all students to produce rewarding results. A sample of these may be viewed on our calendar page. We often find our techniques have not been shown or used with certain other teachers and our methods do enable students to produce wonderful paintings in a dedicated studio. Try our courses for yourself and see your progress and skill develop.

Please note, due to demand we have also added afternoon sessions but remember you can only every attend one Taster workshop and we fill from the earliest date first. We are sorry but if you have attended a Taster before you will not be eligible to attend a workshop but we would be delighted to see you at one of our courses which run mornings, afternoons and evenings.

Courses see our calendar page, if for some reason you cannot book because we are either full or you cannot make these dates - book mark this page for the future, we may add further events. Just go to your local store and buy one tube of 'artist quality' paint and you will see that these events truly are value for money when you consider everything is included.

Why not bring a friend or even two with you. You will have a wondertime time and experience and each take home a completed painting.







These Taster Workshops are designed specifically to enable the new learner to 'have a go'. In certain circumstances some places may be available for other painters searching for somewhere to improve their skills, who would like to sample the Art Trail Centre experience prior to furthering their Art with Class learning with us. * Please do feel free to discuss this opportunity with us prior to booking! See our other details on the calendar page.

Due to the very high level of satisfaction and personal reward our learners gain, a high percentage of students return to our classes or workshops following attendance at our Taster Workshops.

You will find it necessary to book any follow-on events early, to avoid disappointment.

Next TASTER workshops


Please note will fill classes from the earliest date which have a minimum and maximum number to run.


Book a class following attending and paying the normal price for one of these workshops below and receive a £10 course discount



One of our satisfied student comments (unedited)

My name is Christine Thatcher and I am a student at The Art Trail Centre - Jill McKay’s drawing and painting school.

For many years I had thought how lovely it would be to be able to paint using watercolours. I would imagine myself sitting relaxed, creating pictures of beautiful landscapes, birds and flowers with an array of wonderful watercolours to choose from - but that’s as far as the idea went. Having never been taught to draw I never imaged I would be able to paint – so the years went on and the dream became less and less of a reality.

But in August 2009 everything changed – I saw an advert for a “Watercolour Taster” at The Art Trail Centre it said absolutely no experience necessary, all materials and step by step tuition provided and best of all it was for beginners, which alleviated some of my fear, I didn’t want experts looking at what I had painted. Also the class was advertised as small and friendly which also appealed to me as the thought of being in a big hall or classroom reminded me of being at school.

So, I called and booked a place for the following fortnight. When the day came I was very nervous – it all seemed such a good idea at the time. When I arrived I was made to feel very welcome. Before we started painting Jill explained about the paints we were going to use and how to hold the brush and after half an hour it was time to paint. Jill showed us what to do and then it was our turn. Well I sat there with my brush loaded with colour and sat there and sat there... Jill said "you have to put the brush on the paper.. " I was so nervous but after that first brush stroke my nerves went. Jill explained everything we had to do and it was truly step by step.

The taster was for two hours and it went so quick but at the end I had actually produced a Watercolour painting of a “Sunset at Mudeford” I was amazed, I couldn't believe it. All brush work and no drawing – my friends and family could not believe I had painted it.

I was so excited after the taster class I wanted to learn a lot more so I decided to enrol on one of Jill’s Painting and Drawing classes. That was five years ago. Jill’s classes are so interesting, each week I learn something new. The topics/subjects covered are never the same. The highlight of my week is my painting class – I love it.


Signed up for course with some trepidation- have not done watercolour before. Really enjoyed the experience. Well structured and taught and brought home a completed picture to impress my family. Would like to sign up for more with this tutor,


Fun, lively and a wow painting for me, pace was okay and I thought correct, some may differ but we are all different and for Jill to get us all to complete on time is a sign of her enthusiastic professionalism. A big thankyou to both my daughter for the gift voucher and Jill for the workshop, and yes I have enrolled for more classes - why spoil a good thing by sitting at home!


We try to keep the web site up to date for available places. As you can appreciate it is not always practical to update every time someone accesses the Internet, so when you book please provide us with a choice of dates and we will confirm availability by return - thank you. If any dates here are historic, please see our CALENDAR PAGE FOR ANY UPDATES.

Terms and conditions:- In addition to our full terms and conditions the Art Trail Centre Taster workshops are only available to new students of the Art Trail Centre and are for adults only. Vouchers are non refundable or transferable to any form of repayment.

Places are available on a first come, first served basis and subject to availability and we are unable to use vouchers against non taster workshop dates.

Only one taster workshop per new student.

If you have a voucher with a redeemption date please do make sure you actually redeem and book a workshop date with us prior to the actual redeemption date to enable you to have a confirmed workshop place. Leaving it to the very last minute could jepodise availabilablity.

* Our structured learning has an excellent reputation for being professional, fun and rewarding, hence the need to ensure that only genuine bookings under the above conditions can be honoured.

We would like to draw your attention to our other workshops which also include FULL tuition for a varying amount of time depending on the subject and medium used, all materials, use of equipment, tea or coffee.

To reserve your place please book here - taster workshops, please note upon receipt we will confirm availability.

Where paying direct to us please make cheque's payable to AJ Wells within 5 days of your online booking.

How to find Jill McKay's Art Trail Centre - please view our CONTACT US page for full directions and our location.

We may run other Taster workshops - these will be published on the web site when available so please book mark this page and refresh each time you visit (as your PC remembers the last edition only, unless you use IE7 onwards).

If you wish to be emailed when these are available please use our booking service to request this. Note we do not share any of your personal data to any other party. Your information is used purely for your registration and notification of events.