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Saturday afternoons
1 – 3 pm
March 21-May 16
Fee: $175 member | $200 non-member
All materials are provided. Museum admission is included in the price of the class.

Instructor: Ashley Rutherford

Spend a relaxing afternoon at the Michener drawing. Two-hour workshops provide adult students of all abilities with the opportunity to develop or refresh their drawing skills. Students will learn from guided instruction in line, shape, value, composition, proportion, texture, and contrast while learning the basics of creating completed realistic drawings. Students will use a variety of art materials including drawing and ebony pencils, graphite, conte crayons, charcoal, and pastels. Students in this class will have access to all Museum exhibitions to glean inspiration and further their understanding of various arts forms and processes.

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.

Ashley Rutherford received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in coordination with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art; a program that pairs PAFA’s renowned fine arts studio training with an Ivy League liberal arts education. She earned PAFA’s Violette De Mazia Scholarship in 2016, the 2015 Hal and Linda Robinson Book Award, and the 2015 Charles Toppan Curricular Prize. Her work has been selected for exhibitions in Philadelphia galleries including Seraphin Gallery and Spillway Collective. She maintains a rich historical connection to the Doylestown community through her family’s establishment, Rutherford’s Camera Shop, and provides the third generation in a lineage of contribution to Bucks County’s vibrant culture. Ashley has advanced experience in several art mediums, and is eager to share her knowledge and passion for the arts and the Michener Art Museum with our community of learners.