WELCOME~ About Pastel Society of Colorado (PSC)

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:

  • International Open Shows
  • Membership Shows
  • 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.

Mile High International winners

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.


12th Annual Mile High International Pastel Exhibition
July 10, 2016
Vida Ellison Gallery 7th Floor, Denver Central Library
Aspen Grove Paint Out and Sale
September 9, 2016
7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO 80120
Front Range Meeting
September 10, 2016
Western Slope Meeting
September 10, 2016
1803 N. 7th St., Grand Junction
Western Slope Meeting
September 17, 2016
1803 N. 7th St., Grand Junction
Joanne Burney "Interpreting Trees"
September 17, 2016
Denver metro area, TO BE ANNOUNCED
PSC Paintout
September 24, 2016
Avon, CO
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