Adult Art Lessons, Tuition and Classes in all Mediums

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Welcome to Jill McKay's
Art with Class - 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.

ATC COursesArt 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 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.

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Art tuition for groups or individuals with Jill McKay is 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 - Course references

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 Art with Class 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"

"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.

.Just one of the many subjects,styles & media
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Want to gift something more than just a present for a Birthday or Christmas? Our gift vochures can be used against any of our services. Not only will you give a present but the memories will last a life time. What more could one ask? Great presents for mum and dad or perhaps your best friend.

SPECIAL OCCASIONS - birthdays,anniversary, Easter or Christmas, Mother or Fathers day gifts

Stuck for an idea?

Our Gift Vouchers provide the ideal solution, any value, for a class, course, workshop or 121 personal lesson.

Whether giving or receiving gift vouchers let you decide how you wish to enjoy them.




This Term's Workshop summary

NEXT ART WITH CLASS PAINTING WATERCOLOUR WORKSHOPS- subjects are chosen to develop specific techniques to improve your skill levels


Friday April 21st, Watercolours

Monday June 19th, Watercolours

Wednesday August 9th, Outdoor painting day

Tuesday Oct 24th, Watercolours

Saturday Oct 28th, Watercolours

Class commences 9.30am with access from 9am onwards

See our Calendar page for more Art with Class workshops details & classes events


Next Course Info


Friday April 21st

Holt Village Hall, Harts Lane Holt. Click for more info

Art with Class - Other workshops are now available to book CALENDAR

Special Offer


Living Scoial

Want to buy somethig different, something with long lasting memories?

Ideal Birthday, Special occasion, Christmas present with a unique double impact, the art workshop itself and a painting to remember the day.

If you have purchased one of our TASTER workshops with a voucher via our Internet offer please view the CALENDAR page. for alternative dates

For those who just wish to paint and have fun with a professional tutor see our Calendar page for these fully inclusive workshops which are extremely popular.

Our next TASTER event dates are Saturday January 7th at 10am..conditions apply and you may only attend one TASTER event. Subject to both dates filling we will run more events.

Worshops will prioritise on the morning class first.

Please see our CONTACT US page for directions.

Book early to obtain your preferred date as places are limited per workshop Remember there is no need to bring anything other than perhaps your diary!




We can provide bespoke workshops in any media for small to large Groups or Societies, contact us to discuss your requirements