Illustrators’ Workshop at Bucks County Book Festival


October 12


08:30 am - 12:30 pm

Event Category:

Mavens PA, Processors PA

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Bucks County Book Festival, a Discover Doylestown Event


Don’t miss this exciting new event!

Limited seating available!

This is a dry materials-only workshop.

Come to Stacks Co. at 54 East Oakland Avenue on Saturday, October 12th to experience our First Annual Illustrator’s Workshop in an inspiring space. 

Afterward, stroll through America’s Best Small Town Cultural Scene*, attend our Writer’s Workshop, our Books N Brew event, or attend our keynote with New York Times best-selling author Anna  Quindlen (ticket required for keynote event).  


Bring your dry materials or digital tools to this three-hour workshop perfect for the beginner or seasoned illustrator seeking guidance from well-respected professionals in their industry. Develop the skills every successful illustrator must master or sharpen existing skills and revisit your approach to illustration during workshop activities. 

Learn to promote and protect your work, learn illustration techniques from professional illustrators, and enjoy the opportunity to participate in the Children’s Book Cover Challenge. 

This workshop is available to those 17 years or older. 

The schedule (subject to change)

8:30 – 9:00 AM Registration and Book Cover Challenge placement. Coffee and tea available.

9:00 – 10:00 Learn to promote your business while protecting your intellectual property with a panel discussion with social media expert Beth Hauptle of High Five Marketing  ( and intellectual property expert Doug Ryder of Ryder, Mazzeo & Konieczny (

10:00 – 11:00 Digital Painting with Lauren Walsh one of Bucks County’s most talented illustrators making a name for herself with portrait work created in Photoshop and Procreate. During this one-hour session she will cover tips on collecting color palettes, brush packs, techniques and more. Use of your ipad and other digital drawing devices (electronic or traditional) is welcome and encouraged. Check out her work on Instagram @LaurenWalshArt and at

11:00 -12:00 Join as the legendary Floyd Cooper leads this illustration session and teaches us one of the many fabulous techniques which has gained him numerous awards and honors for his work. Floyd’s rise as an author and illustrator is based on the foundation of ‘Giving kids a positive alternative to counteract the negative impact of what is conveyed in today’s media is a huge opportunity.” Follow him on Facebook.

12:00 – 12:30 Book Cover Challenge – get up and stretch a bit as we review and discuss the entries into the Book Cover Challenge. Conducted by members of the Bucks County Illustrators Society.

What is the Book Cover Challenge?

Illustration Workshop participants are invited to create an illustrated children’s book cover design in advance of the workshop, and bring a printout of their cover for display and discussion in a friendly atmosphere among participating workshop illustrators. (Sorry, we do not have access to a printer to allow on-site printing.) Upon check-in hang your book cover alongside others and at the end of the workshop, the covers will be discussed by one of our workshop  presenters.

General Guidelines

  • Challenge is limited to paid-ticket workshop participants.

  • Each participant is limited to 1 entry.

  • The assigned story for your cover design is “Freddie the Squirrel,” synopsis below.

  • Submissions must be original work of the attendee and may be color or black and white.

  • Challenge cover must include: title, subtitle, illustration, author’s name, and illustrator’s name.

Book Cover Challenge Information

Title: Freddie the Squirrel

Subtitle: A Visit to the Adventure Museum

Author’s Name: Blair Bellwood

Illustrator’s Name: (Place your name)

Design Specs:  Front cover of book: 8” wide x 10” high

Target Readers: Pre-K (3-5 years)


Freddie the squirrel and his classmates go on a school trip to the Adventure Museum. Mr. Johnson, the kindergarten teacher, has even arranged for a sleep-over party! 

Follow Freddie and his friends as they explore the indoor treehouse, the dinosaur display, float down the indoor lazy river, climb the rock wall, and make their own ice cream sundaes. Finally, they grab their sleeping bags and fall asleep in their favorite place in the Adventure Museum.

Please address questions to Colleen Dunn at

*USA TODAY  reader poll, 2019

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