Vero Beach Art Club

introduction to illustration with Betsy Kurzinger

Eustace Tilley, created by Rea Irvin

Eustace Tilley, created by Rea Irvin


Monday, February 26, 2018 - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm - WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELED
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


Betsy Kurzinger, Prof. Emeritus, Eastern Kentucky University BFA
MFA, East Carolina University


Introduction to Illustration

Workshop will consist of designing and developing a solution consistent with a university-level illustration curriculum.  Focus will be on conceptualization and visualization, culminating in original art for illustration. Final critique will take place at a later date to be determined by the group.

Participants should have a good working knowledge of basic drawing, composition, and visualization skills.  Digital artists should have a command of appropriate photo-editing and/or vector-based drawing software.

Participants should be able to bring 3-5 works which demonstrate a similar style, look, or direction regardless of subject matter, size, or media. Actual work is preferred.

(Detailed schedule and pre-workshop activities will be given to participants upon registration.)


Member: $225.00
Non-Member: $325.00
There is a NON-REFUNDABLE $100 deposit to register.




Intermediate/Advanced Skill level in most any 2D/3D media, including photography and digital.

Max Capacity:

Ten (10)


First Presbyterian Church, Earnshaw Room
520 Royal Palm Boulevard, Vero Beach 32960

Intended Topics:

What is Illustration?
How Does Illustration Differ from Fine Art?
What are the many categories of Illustration?
Designing and Drawing for Reproduction. Materials and Processes.
Developing an idea from concept to final original art.
How to give and receive feedback, and the importance of working with others .
Various stages in the design process and criteria for each. Reviewing a Design Brief.
Other Q+A as introduced by participants as they relate to Illustration.


For Visualization/Development

Tracing Paper
Copy Paper
Sheet of Graph Paper
Black Roller Ball
Pencils and Eraser for Quick Sketching
Color for Quick Visualization
iPad, iPhone, or Laptop for Quick Reference and/or Research
Digital Camera, or Camera Phone
Other as Needed

To register, contact: the Vero Beach Art club Office 772-231-0303

Contact the Artist:

For information/questions regarding this workshop contact Betsy Kurzinger


Artist Bio

Betsy Kurzinger is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Art + Design at Eastern Kentucky University where she directed the graphic design and illustration program from 1980 until her retirement in 2007. She received her BFA (1976) and MFA (1980) from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.

Primarily working in collage, mixed media and digital imagery, she has had her work included in over 200 exhibitions locally, regionally, and nationally, including many solo shows and awards.

One of 125 selected nationally, Ms. Kurzinger is also an AP Reader for ETS/College Board, where she has the unique opportunity to score high school level artwork for college credit. This past June, this group of 125 reviewed over 65,000 +/- portfolios.

Her work is included in many public collections including Duke Hospital, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Coca-Cola Elizabethtown, KY, Olympic swimmer Greg Louganis, Museum of Modern Art-Cuenca, Ecuador, Trans Financial Bank-Bowling Green, KY, Collector Elaine Harrison and CBS Newscaster Al Smith. Her work also hangs permanently in many private collections.

Workshops are currently in re-structuring and we are seeking two Co-Chairs. If you are interested, please contact our President Rosemary Polsky-Newman