Overview of our lessons

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 included

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.

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