Les Pastellistes 2017 - International

Our international exhibition, Les Pastellistes, 2017 edition, was held from October 27th to November 5th, 2017, at Galerie 203. See our online Exhibition!

5e Biennale Internationale du Pastel des Monts du Lyonnais

September 8th to 24th, 2017, Horizon Pastel presents its 5th International Pastel Biennial and the Pastel Society of Eastern Canada will be an Exceptional Guest.

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"Crystal de roche" from William-Daniel Cadieux, which received an honourary mention during "Les Pastellistes" enxhibition in 2016, was  published in the French magazine "Pratique des Arts". William-Daniel is among the 39 selected artists under the free theme contest entitled "Devenez l’artiste de l’année 2017". Good luck for the final selection that wil be published in 2018!

IAPS is pleased to present the IAPS 31st Juried Exhibition - The 2017 Webshow. It can be viewed by clicking the red link in the NOTICES section of the IAPS Home page:

IMPORTANT REMINDER to all PSEC members: Do not forget that your annual membership renewal fees are due before December 31st 2017. To pay, open a member's session with your username and password then click on "Renew my membership", on the left under "My Profile".

Did you know that the Pastel Journal magazine features a 8-page article on our Signature Member Elaine Despins in the December 2017 issue? Now available in newstands and online.


Michelle Bonneville is thrilled to have won an Honourable Mention in the ‘Pastel 100’ annual competition for her painting of the Schnauzer Debonair Dog which will be featured in the April 2018 issue of the Pastel Journal.

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Basic Material

The pastel artist's first tools are pastel sticks and pastel pencils, which will be carefully chosen among a wide range available on the market.  Personal preferences based on experimentation, as well as the type of support, will dictate the types of pastels used.    However, a teacher's advice will also be invaluable to any beginner.

The support  generally consists of lightly textured paper or board,which can be more or less abrasive.  The quality and texture of the support will vary according to the manufacturer.  Here again, the artist's experience will determine which type of paper support is to be used.

Cleanliness is essential when painting with pastels. It is recommended to keep  a paper towel or a clean rag within reach, and to wear an apron to keep clothing clean.

Pastel sticks should be placed in a box or container with low sills to prevent them from rolling or sliding out during the painting process.

It is preferable that the support be placed in an upright position in front of the artist, to allow the pastel dust to fall to the bottom of the work surface.

Other tools can be very useful:

  • Wooden board
  • Masking tape
  • Binder clips
  • Push-pins
  • Tracing paper or Glassine
  • Charcoal or Sanguine (for sketches)
  • Paper or foam stumps
  • Fixatives*
  • Appropriate lighting

*These sprays are to be used sparingly. The artist can experiment with different brands on the market to test their effects on colours.