Demonstrations by John for your group at your location

I’d be delighted to visit your school, library or book store in person to speak to your students and groups about children’s book illustration and demonstrate the process. To schedule a presentation at your school, please email John at

I offer a choice of presentations: 
For Grade 4 and older, a step-by-step overview from the beginning stages of the creative process: manuscript, thumbnail sketches, full-sized sketches–to slides showing stages of a finished painting. I talk about the different people involved–editor, art director, author, illustrator–emphasizing the importance of group cooperation to produce a children’s book. I have visuals to passaround so that the students get a closeup view of all the stages being discussed.

Grades 1 – 3:   I will read a book and do a painting demonstration. I explain the tools & materials I use, and paint a likeness of one of my characters.

High school, College, & Older:  I’m happy to discuss the business & career aspects of illustration.

Afterward I will be available to inscribe copies of my books.

Cost:  My honorarium for schools in Venango County, PA is $900 for a full day, $600 for a half day. I can do two presentations in the morning, two in the afternoon. If you’re not in Venango County, my honorarium is $1,200.00 for a day – please add meals, mileage and hotel.


I’m proud to have been named Outstanding Illustrator/Author of 2006 by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association.

Read what the critics say: Post Gazette