Adult Art Club in all Mediums

Art with Class ©

About Jill McKay and the Art Trail Centre



Overview of our lessons & classes

The Art Trail Centre © situated in Ferndown Dorset, is an Art Academy providing art education to both individuals and groups of mixed ability It
began in early 1992 as a structured response to local requests for specialised art tuition. It quickly expanded when many more students began joining, and the classes moved location from smaller sites in the surrounding areas to its present location in Ferndown. Everything being cyclic workshops are now held locally and 121 personal tuition is provided either in Ferndown of if local at your premises.

Mediums include Watercolour, Pastel, Gouache, Pen & Ink, Chinese Brush Art, Acrylics, Oils, Drawing and Mixed Media. The Centre has also provided Adult Education tuition via Dorset Adult Education Centres within the local region. Resident full time art tutor is Jill McKay. Style - strong and delicate. Freestyle but clearly recognisable.

Art Services

Workshops in many subjects, and for any standard of ability. Various events occur each Season, including painting outings, outdoor classes during the Summer. We provide high quality art tuition to adults or children of all standards and abilities in various forms. We do not mix adults and children in the same lesson unless it is with a family member during a 121 private lesson.

Since its conception, the Centre has provided a diversity of topics to regularly satisfy demand from all levels of amateur artists. With effect from 2017 Jill McKay specialises in personal 121 tuition for adults or children.

Jill McKay comments "We aim to provide progressive learning through our "Successful Techniques" Classes / Workshops and a fun environment to ensure our students develop their artistic skills in a relaxed way."

The following feedback is an example of historic students and will give you comfort in choosing Jill as your tutor.

"Two years at the Art Trail Centre, with tutorial guidance from Jill McKay has opened up many aspects, in application and varied methods of Watercolour Painting. Come and give it a go, I really enjoyed myself " commented Pam White, one of Jill's Students.

"I was doing my A Levels and Jill's 121 help was invaluable" P.G

"I called Jill as I wanted to learn how to draw and paint - wow is the best description of her tuition I can give" S.H

Art Tutor Availability

Please call us to agree your needs and availability.

Disabled facilities

We have limited access and can where required either visit homes, centres or specialist events to teach. We have run several specialist events to meet local needs at many centres.


We have ample free off road secure parking, please do use this. It also helps us to be a good neighbour.


The Art Trail Centre & Club in Ferndown, Dorset is easily located, only 10 minutes from Bournemouth airport with fast access to London by rail and road. Southampton airport is just a short distance too. Ample parking is available at the centre. Location in Ferndown (Map)

We are close to the romantic New Forest, the stunning Hants and Dorset coastline and the spectacular Purbeck Hills, all peppered with dozens of quaint tearooms and marvelous scenery to sketch, paint or ramble in. Ringwood, Verwood, Wimborne, Bournemouth, Poole, Blandford, Southampton are between 10 - 30 mins drive away subject to normal traffic.


Jill McKay is committed to regularly contributing to local Charities through various annual events. Recent years have seen contributions across a variety of Charities, some of which are shown below. We would like to thank all Local, National Companies, Students and Friends of the Art Trail Centre for all their contributions and donations. See Press releases for more information.



NSPCC 30 years Gala a great success with strong support from the Art Trail Centre and an orignal Acrylic painting of Poole bay by Jill McKay.

NSPCC Every childhood is worth fighting for

Poole Bay painting




24 Hours 1000 mile Poppy Cycle ride in aid of the Royal British Legion - Chris Chope MP receiving his certificate for doing his bit as Jill, Bev and Lotte battle on.

and help raise over £4000 during 24 hours Cycle challenge -thank you to everyone for your sponsorship


Help for Heroes -- John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation - Cancer Research- Royal British Legion - Motor Neurone Association


- Julia's House - Woofability -


Coping with Chaos - ME Association - MS Society - Oakhaven Hospice Trust


The Duchess of Cornwall during a 121 session with Jill McKay. The Duchess's painting will be auctioned in aid of the W.I.

NSPCC Esther Rantzen with Jill McKay Acrylic painting which was donated to raise funds for the NSPCC Child Line

R.N.L.I . Childline


Support for Dorset Air Ambulance - woofability charity event - Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE at Victoria House - Waggie Tails


- Verwood Stroke Association- Motor Neurone Association - Victoria House Education Centre - Waggie Tails

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Charity fund raising night - Coping with CHAOS - Verwood - One of Verwood's finest local causes.