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Teaching Pastel in China | Robert K. Carsten Goes to Suzhou

If you take 100 talented and dedicated school teachers, introduce them to the history and practice of pastel painting so that they, in turn, can share their newfound knowledge and experiences in their respective classrooms—what do you have? Simply put, the planting of seeds that is sure to grow the awareness,...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | IAPS 28th Juried Exhibition

Congratulations to all of the talented pastel artists whose paintings were exhibited this month in New York City as part of the International Association of Pastel Societies' 28th IAPS Juried Exhibition. The show opened at the Salmagundi Club on June 6 to much fanfare and remains open through today.
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Pastel Pick of the Week | 23 Masters of Landscape Painting

Many artists draw their painting inspiration from the landscape. Why? There's the practical aspect: Unlike other subjects—a figure model or a wildlife subject, for example—the landscape is there and ready to accommodate your schedule. You can step outside your door at any time, if you like, and start looking for compositions....

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Pastel Pick of the Week | Canadian Pastel Conference 2016

Canada made headlines this week thanks to an official State Dinner at the White House, where President Obama welcomed the new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. I decided I would keep Canada in the news cycle a bit longer—at least in the pastel news cycle—by sharing this announcement from Ruth Rodgers,...

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Pastel Pick of the Week | Rhoda Yanow Named to PSA Hall of Fame

The Pastel Society of America (PSA) has announced the names of the honorees who will be celebrated this fall, during the 44th Annual Juried Exhibition, "Enduring Brilliance." These are people who have contributed significantly to the pastel community by providing inspiration, leadership, energy or guidance—or all of the above. Thanks to...

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Pastel Pick of the Week: Jean-Étienne Liotard at the Royal Academy

The pastel masterpieces of 18th-century Swiss-French portrait artist Jean-Étienne Liotard (1702-1789) are getting the royal treatment in an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art in London. The retrospective, which has traveled to London from the National Galleries of Scotland, is the first retrospective exhibition in the UK to be devoted...