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:

  • 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.

PSC Videos
Lorenzo Chavez
Xenia Sease
Rebecca Dierickx

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 (2017, "Illuminated") will also be displayed on this site!

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.


14th Annual Mile High National Pastel Exhibition 
November 17, 2017
PACE (Parker Arts, Culture & Events Center)
HORIZONS, PSC 2018 Online Show Entries
January 2, 2018
Estes Park Plein Air 2018 National Juried Paint Out
January 2, 2018
The Art Center of Estes Park
PSC Paintout
February 24, 2018
Heron Pond/Heller Open Space, Globeville, Denver
Front Range Meeting
March 10, 2018
Western Slope Meeting
March 17, 2018
1803 N. 7th St., Grand Junction
PSC Paintout
March 24, 2018
Bluff Lake, Stapleton, Denver
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