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10 am – 1 pm

December 4, 11, and 18
$140 member | $155 non-member
Participants will be expected to purchase some materials for this class.
Instructors: Arla Patch and Jody Holbert

Join us for a special workshop with Arla Patch, a Bucks County artist who uses a unique process of drawing with coils of colored clay to create images inspired by memory, experience, nature, healing, and the female form. Learn her process, and come away with intimate and beautiful original works of art.

Informal, informative, and inspiring hands-on art classes with changing themes provide a unique focus for adult learners of all ages and abilities to engage in Museum-based art education and creative exploration. Permanent collections balanced with changing exhibitions provide ongoing opportunities for looking at and learning about a variety of artists, art forms, and processes. Opportunities for individualized instruction, observation, practice, experimentation, and the development of a personal style are at the core of all of our adult art classes. Instructional projects vary throughout the year; most students attend for consecutive sessions.

Faculty Member Jody Holbert received a BS in Art Education from Penn State University and has extensive graduate level experience at the University of the Arts, Kutztown University, St. Joseph’s University, and Gratz College. She has taught drawing, painting, printmaking, computer arts, textile design, ceramics, and glass throughout Bucks and Montgomery Counties.  Jody brings her expertise, passion and vision to the Michener Art Museum’s adult art classes. One student noted, “This is the best art class I have ever had. There is the perfect balance of content, formal instruction, and time to work. Instructor feedback is excellent.”

Guest artist Arla Patch holds a BFA, B.Ed., and an MFA. She is an artist and a writer. Using art as a tool for healing and personal transformation, she has facilitated many groups and individuals throughout her career. She has taught art in both the public and private sectors: at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies; as an artist-in-residence at Guilford, Goddard and Emmanuel Colleges; at the Universities of New England, Maine, and Delaware; at therapeutic academies for troubled teens; and at numerous conferences and workshops around the world.