Alison's studio in the heart of North Dorset

In the heart of North Dorset, surrounded by an Area of Outstanding National Beauty, you can find Downend Farm Studio. This purpose-built, self-contained studio is home to Alison C. Board. The majority of Alison’s art classes and workshops are held at this picturesque location, providing plenty of inspiration to her students.


Classes at Downend Farm Studio are relaxed and informal, encouraging you to have a go at something new or refine your skills. You can view and book onto art classes through the online shop.

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Private Lessons

Private lessons are ideal to develop a specific media or technique, or to refine your own individual style with the support of artist Alison C. Board.

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Art Materials Shop

A large range of art materials and stationery are stocked at the studio and a catalogue ordering service is available during class time for students.


Resident Animals

The studio is always buzzing with flora and fauna, and the menagerie of resident animals provide plenty of inspiration and entertainment to Alison and her students.

The studio also looks over the farm's horses, and Alison's two Jack Russell Terriers sometimes make a brief appearance. It's not secret the studio welcomes animals of all shapes and sizes; you can even ask to bring your dog along to your next class.

Downend Farm Studio is situated in the centre of Downend Farm, which can be found between the villages of Pimperne and Stourpaine in Dorset. Easily located between Higher Shaftesbury Road (C13) and the A350, it is one of a small number of properties slightly off the beaten track.


Looking for a place to stay?

Alison recommends the following places local to her studio.

Click for Portman Lodge, Blandford

Click for St. Leonard's Farmhouse, Blandford

Click for Crown Hotel, Blandford

Click for The Anvil Inn, Pimperne

For more information please click Blandford Tourist Information Centre