September 2018 National Artist Workshop

About the Workshop Instructor: Lisa Mitchell Location: Rhoneymeade Sculpture Garden and Arboretum Dates: September 21-23, 2018 Course Description: When beginning a pastel painting, one of the questions to be answered is, “What color and value lies underneath?” This is an important step in pastel painting the landscape that should be thoughtfully considered. Learning to develop a progression from the under-painting to layering one color over another—while considering the amount of pressure of a stick of pigment—is essential to discovering the true beauty of this medium. Students will experiment with exercises designed to develop sensitivity to the “touch” of pastel. Daily Agenda: Each morning

Artist Spotlight - Marianne Fyda

Once again, I had a painting accepted into the annual exhibition of the Pastel Society of America, "Enduring Brilliance", a national art show. The event is held at The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South in NYC in the historic Tilden Mansion. The PSA received 1,298 submissions and only 178 paintings were selected for this exhibition. My painting, "Amaryllis with Juan Gris", was selected. I did not win a prize but getting into the show was enough for me! My painting came about as a result of a happy accident. The inspiration for my painting came from a Juan Gris painting, 'Still Life with Checkered Tablecloth'. I saw this painting in an email, I lo

Pastellus: Goal Setting for Artists

The buzz of summer has quieted and the craziness of the holidays hasn’t begun yet, allowing a brief opportunity to reflect and look forward. October is the perfect month to take a look at artistic goals in order to be ready for the new year and the CPPS January Daily Painting Challenge! We all have life goals, and mixed somewhere in with those life goals are artistic goals. Unfortunately, we don’t often stop and look at artistic goals in relationship to, or independent of life goals, but we should. Whether you want to sell as many paintings as Picasso or just paint because you love to paint, you have artistic aspirations. Setting goals for your artistic endeavors can be tricky, and these g

Educational Committee's 2018 schedule

January 2018 – Member Paint-In and Member Crit Boalsburg, PA February 2018 – Quarterly Meeting with a pre-meeting Paint-A-Round March 2018 – 2-4 hour artist led painting event May 2018 – Quarterly Meeting and Rochester Pastel Sale June 2018 – Paint-Out Arboretum Penn State University August 2018 – Quarterly Meeting and Member Crit September 21, 22, 23 – Workshop with possible instructor demo the evening before November 3, 4, or 5 – Road Trip to DC A survey to be distributed to the membership to determine the final date November 11, 2018 – Quarterly Meeting, Member Crit, and Trip Review

2017 Members' Show

Members' Show Registration Form Location: State College Framing & Gallery, Hills Plaza, 160 Rolling Ridge Dr, St College, PA 16801 Number of Paintings: 1 to 3 (one being larger than16x20) Art Delivery Dates: Monday, September 25th to Friday, Sept 29th. Times: store hours (10AM- 5PM) Phone: 814-234-7336 Reception: Sunday, October 8th, 2017 ​(​Note: Saturday ​is a ​home football game) Time: 1 pm to 4 pm Pick-Up: First week in November during store hours

International Plein Air Paint out at Rhoneymeade Arboretum and Sculpture Garden

Friday, September 8th to Sunday, September 10th, 9am - 5pm We'll all have access to Rhoneymeade Arboretum and Sculpture Garden. Bring a friend, your pastels (or watercolors, oils, acrylics, or pencils), and a lunch. All artists are welcome, regardless of whether or not you have a pass. Heading out of State College on route 45E, take a left on Rimney Road. Rhoneymeade is at the top of the hill at the left turn in the road. There are bathroom and kitchen facilities. Pets must stay home. Other questions about Rhoneymeade can be directed to James Lesher at

Day trip to the Pastel Society of Western New York in Rochester

Saturday, October 14th 6:30am: Depart for the four hour car ride. 10:30am -12:00pm: Visit the Hungerford Building for their monthly open studio. Wander the vast wooden hallways lined with all manner of artists' studios. There are music and dance studios, and even a Buddhist temple. Many of our Pastel Society of Western New York friends have studios there, so will get to meet them. We can also be inspired by the classroom/workshop facilities located in the Hungerford Building. 12:00 -1:15pm: Lunch 1:15 - 3:00pm: Stock up on supplies at Rochester Fine Art Supply store 3:00pm: Meet up with our PSWNY friends for a coffee/snacks prior to hitting the road 4:00pm: Depart for home. Those of you inte

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