PSWC is proud to offer many opportunities to socialize, volunteer, blog, and learn. We also have a wonderful scholarship program for high school seniors and college students enrolled in an art program.Here are some of our favorite programs. Contact us if you are interested in participating!

Art Scholarship

The Pastel Society of the West Coast is pleased to offer an Art Scholarship to be awarded to current year graduating seniors in high school, Junior College or up to a junior in a four year college or art school who is interested in the further study of art, and pursuing art as a career.

Please forward the link to the PSWC Scholarship Page ( to any interested students so that they may prepare to submit the form and pictures of their art work by the deadline of April 15. PSWC will recognize the scholarship recipients on this website, on social media, in our magazine, and if possible, at our annual Pastels USA Show. Scholarship Competition Annual Deadline: APRIL 15. 

Who is eligible: Any graduating senior in high school, Junior College student, or up to a junior in a four year college or art school that is interested in the further study of art, and pursuing art as a career.

What: Any subject matter, any painted medium, no photography or electronic/digital art. While we are a representational society, we are open to receive more abstract work of high quality. Photos of your work should be uploaded along with the necessary letters of recommendation as required in our application.

Judging: Work will be judged by the PSWC Board members and the winner will be announced before the end of the school term.

For further questions, please email the PSWC Scholarship Chair: Pamela Comfort

Regional Representative Program

Sharing our passion for pastels is why we exist! The Regional Representative Program was developed to encourage social and artist gatherings in all regions where PSWC members reside. We have members all over the world, and we encourage them to get together and paint. If you are interested in getting together, see the Regional Rep Page for more information. Interested in BECOMING a Regional Rep? Contact Pamela Comfort

Painting Challenges

Multiple day painting challenges are popular among PSWC members. A series of quarterly challenges has been established for the year. Three (3) $100 prizes will be awarded at random from the pool of artists who enter a painting every day of the challenge.  Read more on our Challenges page here.


The PSWC publishes 3-4 magazines per year. Check out our issues here. Digital versions of the magazine are available to our members, print copies may be ordered. There are opportunities to write for and appear in the Magazine. Please Contact Sabrina Hill if you are interested in either.


There are many volunteer opportunities at PSWC from working on the Magazine to assuming a Board position. Contact Sabrina Hill or  Pamela Comfort for more information about where you  might fit in!

Guest Blogger Program

Our monthly blog is written by members. Blogs must be related to making art with pastels, and should avoid direct selling or soliciting sales. Instructional blogs with photos are encouraged. Please contact Pamela Comfort if you are interested in finding out more.

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