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Workshop in Toronto with Gary Smith - every week Wed May 10 to May 31 (4 classes)

This introduction to the amazing colourful world of Soft Pastels will enable you to create any type of image you love to do.

Pastels are immediate, direct and yet can be extremely subtle. It is just as useful for realism as for abstract.  If you love colour, pastels can carry you to new heights. Of course this workshop will also give you the opportunity to be introduced to concepts of drawing options, colour theory and composition.Each week you will focus on a different genre to help you explore and discover what you like.Day 1: Introduction to pastels and making each patch of colour luscious.Day 2: Still Life: Being sensitive to light and shadows and composition with shapesDay 3: Faces: What is of more universal interest than faces? Gary will share the experience of 50 years of doing portraits in pastels.Day 4: Landscape: Urban or Nature as you wish.  You will learn useful tips and shortcuts to make masterful Landscapes.Materials supplied for the first day.  A material list for purchase will be provided on the first day. Artist Instructor: Gary Smith, Master Pastelist


Workshops in Corbeil, ON with Lisa Ober Aug 5-10, 2017

King's Framing and Art Gallery in Corbeil Ontario is hosting pastelist Lisa Ober for 3 two-day workshops from August 5 to 10, 2017

Please click here for more information or visit 


Workshop in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

From PAC member Linda Wright: We are hosting our 4th annual Art workshop here in Baddeck.  Diana Sanford Jam Session Cape Breton Island - September 15-18, 2017

Please click here for more information.

Also, a complete description and materials list can be found on Diana's website at:  



Looking for Pastel Suppliers - check out our Pastel Suppliers page 


Having a Studio Tour?

Great tips from Ruth Rodgers on having a studio tour of your own in our 'Tips' section.




Art For All Canada, Inc. (AFAC)

We have some low-cost, high-visibility space available at both the Rainbow Gallery

and the Carlton Gallery to display and sell your work, commission-free.

Please let me know if you are interested in showing your

paintings, photographs or sculptures at either of our art galleries in downtown Toronto.

Contact me if you have any questions.

Sheila J. Mitchell
Art For All Canada, Inc.
Tel: (416)-756-3221


Member Discount!

PAC members can now access a 10% discount in all Curry's stores with a PAC membership card. Cards are no longer routinely issued,  as so many members said they didn't want or need them,  but if you wish to have a card for this or any other purpose, please email the Membership Secretary, Gloria Burgoin, at and request one. Curry's Art Supplies  operates stores in Ontario only, though they do have a good online                   service for mail-order to other provinces and territories.                                           Please note that this discount applies to in-store purchases only,                                       but if we collectively spend $20,000 annually at Curry's stores,the society will receive Curry's gift cards at the end of the year to be given as prizes at PAC events.


PAC is now on Facebook

Join our new PAC facebook group and connect with other members!                                 Go to our members' only page and click on the facebook icon.                                         Click 'join' to become a 'group' member.








'Purely Pastel"

26th Annual Open Juried Exhibition

May 22 to Jun 4, 2017

Awards for this show will include:
1. Ursula Reese/PAC Grand Prize of $500 cash
2. Terry Ludwig Second Place Award  (value $300)
3. UArt Third Place Award (value $200)
Three Honorable Mention Awards (approximate value $100 each)

Submissions are now CLOSED 



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Sheila Mitchell

Pastels I believe are the perfect medium for painting outdoors as the colours are so pure and you can express a scene quickly.










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