While studying with Pyle, Ida met William J. Aylward, also a Pyle student, whom she later married.  According to Aylward, her specialty during this time was portraiture.  Later in her career, she was to devote her time largely to stained glass.  Some of her stained glass works include one at The Madision Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church in New York andsixwindows at the Pro-Cathedral of Saint John in Milwaukee, Winconsin.

In a letter to Richard Lykes, Ida Dougherty wrote about Pyle's Lectures:

"Pyle stood under a strong light, usually with one leg on the rung of a stool,  and he thumtacked on the wall one composition at a time...and took it in..then he turned to us outside the ring of light, and we listened, enthralled, as he dove into his profound immagination...awonderful world picture grew befor us.  We were fired with it...He had gone so deeper than we could, yet had such a grip on reality and added mystery and beauty and feeling we hadn't dreamed.

Pyle Students