PSC was formed in 1994 by six artists to promote pastel artists, the soft pastel
medium and to encourage the appreciation and art of pastel painting. PSC has become a far
reaching organization, uniting artists across the Rocky Mountains and beyond.
We offer opportunities for pastel artists through "pastels only" exhibitions in:
- National Open Show
- Membership Shows
- Small Works Show
- Online Show
- Informative demonstrations by recognized pastel artists
An Electronic Newsletter for pastel artists is included with PSC membership. Pastel workshops,
classes, exhibitions and pastel related editorial articles can be found in the newsletter.
PSC members are from all around the US.
The Pastel Society of Colorado is incorporated as a non-profit organization.
The PSC is run completely by volunteer Board Members and others.
Please visit our New Pastel Society of Colorado Shows website at www.PSCShows.com. There you will find dates & times, locations, and other important information for visitors who would like to attend our shows and receptions. Our Online Show (2016, "Transitions") will also be displayed on this site!
WHAT IS PASTEL? Pastel is pure pigment. A particle of
pastel pigment seen under a microscope looks like a diamond with many facets. Pastel
is the most stable and permanent of all painting media. Pastel (often confused
with chalk, which is limestone and dye) is actually dry powdered pure pigment
mixed with a liquid binding solution to form a paste. The word pastel is
derived from the French word "pastiche".
Historically, pastel can be traced back to the fifteenth century. Leonardo da Vinci
introduced pastel using "the dry colors method" as a highlighting technique for
drawings. Pastel emerged as a major force in eighteenth century portraiture. Rosalba Carriera
was among the first to work exclusively in pastel. With the advent of impressionism,
new techniques appeared and subjects included landscapes and nudes. Edgar Degas,
Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Georgia O'Keeffe, Frank Reaugh
and James McNeil Whistler feature pastels among their most important works.