Welcome to Jill McKay's
Drawing and Painting Art School
Welcome to Jill McKay's drawing and painting school the home of Art with Class; we specialise in Adult Art Tuition with classes during the day, evening and some at weekends. See our CALENDAR pages
We also offer a gift voucher facility which may be redeemed against any of our services below. These make special gifts for someone special or indeed yourself!
Our Academy 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 provide lessons in Watercolour, Acrylic, Oils, Gouache, Pastel, Oriental Brush Art, Drawing, Mixed Media classes and workshops.
We teach total beginners, rusty returners, improvers, intermediate and advanced students.
One to one, or private group tuition is available on request for special requirements.
Art Group and Society demonstrations or workshops are available on request, please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Art with Class - Services & Events
- Art Academy Newsletter
- Term courses in Watercolour
- Short art Courses in Acrylics
- Short Drawing & sketching mini series courses
- One day workshops in all media below
- Latest New Workshops in Watercolour, Acrylics, Oils, Gouache, Pastel,
- Drawing Technique workshops can be seen on our CALENDAR page
- Weekend art workshops on Saturdays and / or Sundays ( local accommodation available)
- Outdoor Painting days in Dorset or the surrounding counties
- Painting Holidays in France
- Art Group or Society demonstrations and events
- Demonstrations for the Art Industry & Manufacturers
- Women's Institute W.I & Denman College Art classes
- Bournemouth International Centre - Demonstrations & watercolour Taster Workshops
- One to One private art tuition
- Ipad training
- Art Commissions
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 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.
Art tuition for groups or individuals with Jill McKay is given in the following media:
- Watercolour Painting
- Soft Pastels
- Various Drawing Media
- Pen and Wash
- Oriental Brush Painting
- Mixed Media
Suitable for : - Beginners, Improvers and Experienced artists (or budding ones!)
Each course has a separate code Course code explanation:-
F = Ferndown - FX = Ferndown + day (where X is the day)
Days - FM = Monday - FT = Tuesday - FW = Wednesday FTH =Thursday - FF = Friday
Times 10am or 1.30pm or 7pm are indicated by A,P or E respectively
FWA = Ferndown Wednesday + (AM) class
FTHE = Ferndown + Thursday + evening
The two numbers = the term series course reference i.e FWA51
Please quote these or the workshop references when you book - thank you
Additonal Classes or workshops
We can run additonal Art with Class events to suit your needs, if we do not have a class or workshop on your prefered dates please contact us.
Art Groups & Societies
Please contact us in advance for any workshop, demonstrations or judging you require. See our Demonstrations page.
Personal or mini group tuition
Please contact us in advance for any personal 121 tuition that you require. You may call or email us with your art requirement. We will need to discuss your specific painting or drawing requirement to ensure the art lesson provided meets and exceeds yours expectations.
We pride ourselves that we provide the best artistic and professionally delivered classes and workshops in Dorset.
A sample of some genuine student feedback quotes we receive each week:
"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"
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.
"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.