Les Pastellistes 2017 - International

Our international exhibition, Les Pastellistes, 2017 edition, will be held from October 27th to November 5th, 2017, at Galerie 203. Instructions and form are available. Open to all!

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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Colorado State University's online master's in arts leadership and cultural management is now accepting applications for fall admission. Click here for details.

Storing your pastels makes you roar? "L'Oiseau Rouge" cases are made by Sylvie Cardinal, a pastellist/illustrator mec.Come on November 6th, at Galerie 203. You'll roar of pleasure!

"Soleils Verts", from our master pastellist Danielle Richard, has been awarded an Honorable Mention in the Pastel 100, 2016, Pastel Journal, US. See the complete list where we can also see that two other PSEC members have been honoured: Mélissa Breault and Alain Dansereau. Congratulations!

Pastel Society of America's (PSA) Fall Newletter has arrived. Lots of news to share! Take a look at the online exhibition and spot the works of Elaine Despins and Danielle Richard.

A pastel of Danielle Richard has been selected for the annual exhibition of the Pastel Society of America , Grand Gallery, Natioal Arts Club, New-York, until October 1st.

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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.