Illustration Classes taught by Professional Illustrators

Illustration Classes taught by Professional Illustrators

Two members of the Bucks County Illustrators Society, who are themselves professional commercial artists, will teach local classes in various illustration techniques.

Glenn Zimmer will teach two colored pencil classes at the Scatter Joy Center for the Arts in Horsham. Dates are October 6 for Beginners and November 3 and 10 for Advanced.  The Beginner class will teach the basics of layering color using colored pencils to create the subtle nuances that establish light and form. The class will begin with a introduction to the medium and technique followed by a brief demonstration. Students will have the opportunity to apply the technique with a hands-on project under the supervision of the instructor.

The Moon Saw It All

Colored pencil illustration (c) Glenn Zimmer

The Advanced class begins with an introduction to the style of rendering that utilizes layers of color to establish light and form. Students will have the opportunity to see professional illustrations rendered using the technique with an opportunity to ask questions and create a picture or illustration using the style and technique described. The Scatter Joy Center for the Arts is next to Kathy Davis Studios, 303 Horsham Road in Horsham, PA. To see all the classes and events at Scatter Joy and signup info, see .

Glenn’s career has spanned art director, catalog designer, editorial designer, as well as creating humorous illustrations for clients such as The Wall Street Journal, Major League Baseball and Merck Pharmaceuticals.

Ponder Goembel will teach a two-part workshop ‘Effective Animal Drawing’ on September 20, from 12:30pm – 3:30pm and Sept. 27, from 12:30pm – 3:30pm, open to ages 15 – adult. The workshops are held in the Community Room at Riegelsville Borough Hall, 615 Easton Road.  To sign up for the workshop contact the Riegelsville Library, 610-749-2357 or  This workshop will teach an illustrator’s experience in creating imaginative art for print.

Illustration (c) Ponder Goembel

Illustration (c) Ponder Goembel

Students will learn to refine drawings with the use of photographs for reference and their own imagination and style to produce a finished work of art suitable for reproduction. Session I will include a brief drawing demonstration and talk about illustrating and enriching the drawing technique. Students will sketch and design an image in graphite pencil, which in the second half of the workshop, will be finished in color using oil pastels and colored pencil on charcoal paper, and readied for reproduction. Please bring three or more different photographs of each animal of your choice; and these materials: drawing paper, oil pastels, graphite drawing pencil, good quality colored pencils, gum eraser, ruler (preferably metal), fine-point sharpie pen, and tracing paper.

Ponder is the illustrator of many popular children’s books including Animal Fair, Give Me Wings, Swamp Song, Castaway Cats and Sailor Moo.

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