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.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Western Slope Meeting
April 26, 2014
1803 N. 7th St., Grand Junction
PSC Paintout
April 26, 2014
9 am
Downtown Littleton, Meet at Jake's for Sign-In if you'd like
10th Annual Mile High International Pastel Exhibition
May 1, 2014
Denver Public Library Gallery
3rd Annual Wonderful World of Mini Art
May 5, 2014
George Di Ciero City and County Building
Sunny Vista Art Show
May 9, 2014
Sunny Vista Living Center, Colorado Springs, CO
Front Range Meeting
May 10, 2014
200 Grant St., Denver
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