Pastels are sticks made up of pigments and fillers mixed with gum and water, pressed and dried. These are used to apply color to a support, usually paper, to create drawings. Since the pigments are the same pigments used in other mediums, such as oil and acrylic, the colors have similar archival qualities. Works of art done with such pigments are also called pastels. A number of artists provide the Courtyard Gallery with original pastel paintings representing a variety of themes. Click on the artist's name at the left to view their work.