Raleigh/Durham Colored Pencil Society
Raleigh/Durham chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America
The nonprofit Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) was founded in 1990 and is dedicated to artists who work with the versatile medium of colored pencil. It represents 22 district chapters throughout the United States, and also has members worldwide. The Raleigh-Durham Chapter has members who live throughout the State of North Carolina. It meets bimonthly and provides its members with opportunities for education, workshops, networking and art exhibitions showcasing the fine art of colored pencil. Many chapter members also conduct regional colored pencil classes.
A flexible art medium
Fine art colored pencils are relatively new to the art world, having been introduced in the 1920’s. Considering that other art materials such as oils and watercolors have been used continually in Western art for centuries, it is astounding how quickly colored pencils are becoming an enduring part of the art scene in the United States as well as around the world. It is not surprising, however, because their color intensity and depth, ability to create fine detail, and their durability make them ideal for rendering many different subjects from illustration to landscapes to portraits. Since colored pencils are a semi-transparent medium, luminous and vibrant colors can be created by layering.