The Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League was started in 2002, dedicated to the promotion of the medium of pastel and pastel artists.
The Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League (PPAL), formed in 2002, is a solely member-supported art organization. We are a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), which exists to “unite pastel societies around the world in support of the fine art of pastel”. PPAL is dedicated to the promotion, use, understanding and enjoyment of the medium of soft pastels and to pastel artists. Our members’ levels of experience range from the internationally known professional to the very beginner. Anyone with an interest in the pastel medium is welcome to join and enjoy all PPAL member benefits.
We share ideas and news about the medium of soft pastel through quarterly meetings, a periodic newsletter, timely bulletins and through our member-supported website, www.ppal-artists.com. These communications include information about workshops, classes, members’ news and accomplishments, exhibits, group excursions to galleries or other art venues and “plein air” events (painting outdoors) offered by PPAL and other local or national organizations. Annually, we bring in an internationally known professional pastel instructors for workshops Members can also post images of their pastel paintings on our website gallery. At our quarterly meetings, members are encouraged to bring a painting (either one in progress or finished) for a group critique offering artistic advice, encouragement and creative suggestions.
Please browse our members Directory and view examples of our members' work.
View our members' artwork below or by clicking on Galleries!
Did you know... PPAL has a library of DVDs available to borrow. You can request a DVD on our Library page and our librarian will mail it to you with a postage paid return envelope. Click here to view the library (log in first).
If you missed the January 21, 2023 meeting with speaker Kathleen Kuznicki, a lawyer who spoke about copyright law as it pertains to artists, you can watch the recording (available to the public). Click here to watch on our new YouTube channel. Her presentation starts about minute 14 after our business meeting.
Click here to purchase access to Rita Kirkman's workshop on how best to use your reference photos! (Log in first.)
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