Pastel Society News & Blog

October 18, 2019

Sunday, November 10, 2019
2 p.m.-5 p.m. 
(Immediately after the meeting at the Best Western for members' convenience)

Using Color Contrasts to Create Form, Depth, Light and Atmosphere
How to Get the Color You Want!
Instructor: Marianne Fyda 

$25 for a 3 hour session

Minimum of six registrants needed by the end of October
or workshop will be cancelled. 
Workshop will be capped at 12, so register early if you are interested.


August 31, 2019

Title:  "Pastel Passions"
Dates: September 27, 28, and 29 of 2019
Delivery: Friday, September 27.  Time to be announced 
Location: The Art Alliance of Central PA, Pike Street, Lemont, PA
Reception: Friday, September 27, 6pm to 9pm

Registration Due: Saturday, September 7

Register here

Optional Pre-Delivery: Contact the artists below if you need a special drop off time

  1. Susan Nicholas Gephart: 351 East Bishop Street, Bellefo...

August 26, 2019

Aug 14, 15, & 16, 2020

Free demo open to the public the evening of Aug 13.

Chicory Lane Farm in Spring Mills

Limit of 20 students

$425 for three days of instruction


With Karen Margulis PSA IAPS-MC

Explore the wonderful world of Plein air painting in this three day workshop. Karen will share tips and techniques that will help you have successful and fun Plein air outings with pastels. There will be plenty of demo...

July 31, 2019

Given that some participants are coming from out of town and may not be familiar with the area, here is an overview of eateries where you can grab a quick lunch or salad. Those without GPS devices may wish to print out the maps provided.

March 13, 2019

“Loosen Up and Expand”

Free Public Demo:

When: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Where: Foxdale Meeting room, Foxdale Village, 500 East Marylyn Avenue, State College 16801 (when you enter in the main doors on the ground floor you need to go up two levels to the second floor)

Price: Free


When: Wednesday, August 14 - Friday, August 16, 2019

Where: Harris Township Community Center, 130 S. Academy St., Boalsburg, PA


February 18, 2019

Saturday, February 9th, The Pastel Society joined together with invited guests, the Farmland Preservation Artists of Central PA for their annual Winter Paint-In, held at the Harris Township Community Center in Boalsburg. It was a special day, where we we met new members and built new friendships. The energy was positive but very relaxing, giving opportunity to support each other with laughter and community of the common creati...

December 20, 2018

Deadline to sign up: December 31st. Email Stacy Mayou at

Complete one painting each week in January with focused attention on an area you’d like to see growth. It can be the same or different focus each week.

  • Your focus can be anything you choose – style, subject matter, color choice, etc. I will kick-off the challenge on January 1 and ask that everyone submit their paintings to the group on the 10th...

December 19, 2018

I thought it would be fun to share the first painting we do in 2019 with others in our group. So, it seemed reasonable to have the website slideshow be an exhibit of the FIRST PAINTING OF THE YEAR. Please do take part in this sharing activity and if you do, you could tie your first painting into the January Challenge Event that Stacy has set up for you. So you might as well sign up for that, too! Your painting c...

December 19, 2018

This year a series of online adventures are being planned. Our hope is to have more member participation which will allow us to get to know each other better. Members can participate in as many adventures as they wish. Do try to participate in at least one or two during the year, especially those where we "talk" back and forth and share paintings, ideas, and opinions.

If you have any ideas that you think would be fun, informa...

November 29, 2018

CPPS member Alice Kelsey is teaching two pastel classes at the Art Alliance this winter, and welcomes members to join in intriguing exercises to hone and expand pastel skills. See for full class descriptions and to register.

“Exploring Pastel” (Beginner’s) Class (Mondays, 1 – 4 pm, Jan. 7, Jan. 14, Jan. 21, and Jan. 28)

  • Participants will learn core soft (dry) pastel techniques in a relaxed and fun setti...

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