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Great American Art Works’ owner is a chemist, and his initial research into pastel production focused on the materials and methods of established companies. He soon discovered that old techniques produced old pastels! By employing new materials, techniques, and equipment, he eventually discovered the right combination of ingredients and methods.
Today, Great American Art Works handmade soft pastels are recognized the world over for their excellence. Richly pigmented, these pastels have superb brilliance of tone. Each pastel measures approximately 2½" × ½" (65 mm × 13 mm).
Color Chart Note — Use this color chart as an approximation of the real color. If exact color matching is necessary, use actual samples of the materials.
Minimum Order — Please order individual pastels (open stock) in a minimum of 6, so that we can efficiently package and ship your order. Your selection may be assorted to meet this requirement.
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Comments about Great American Art Works Pastels:
Medium soft, excellent range of hues
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Nice for bright spots and highlights
Small area accents
Great choice for beginner pastel painters
from Evanston, Illinois
My first pastel purchase was the Blick's Artist's Soft Pastels and i found them to be too hard. Next, I purchased a few sticks of Sennelier and Schmincke and they were wonderful but sticks were small. And then i purchased some Great American sticks and loved them. You get a bigger stick so more color for your money. And they layer really well.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Good price for great product!
from Toston, MT
I really like the Great American Art Works brand. You can buy sets put together by popular artists, which is interesting. They also sell single sticks, so you can build your inventory of colors over time. I like the square shape. They are not the softest pastels out there, but meet most of my needs.
What's not to love
from Mt. Storm, WV
The colors are terrrific, they are soft and not crumbly. They cover and blend well.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Soft and smooth pastels
from Hendersonville, NC
Ordering single pastel sticks helped me decide on investing in a Great American pastel set.
Great for glazing and final details.
By Former newswriter
from Eagle Point, Oregon
I use many different brands of soft pastels including Blick. I like all but when it comes to glazing skies and water or for final touches, Great American pastels work for me. Even with a light touch, the pastels go on smoothly and fill the nooks and crannies with even color. Heavier applications also work. The shape and size are perfect for this type of application.
Wonderful shadow colors
By Annie of Avila
from Santa Fe, NM
I love the hazy purples and blues for shadows, especially in snow scenes.
Great American pastels are lovely
I have been using Great American Pastels for many years and love the smoothness and ease of using them. They are just lovely and are my favorites and I have used almost all the brands of pastels. I have recommended them to my friends in my art class.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Love these, just came back for more
from Philadelphia, PA
I have several brands of soft pastel, in various degrees of softness. GAs are in the softest-of-the-soft category. Though they are, of course, dry pastels, the texture is a very smooth, almost creamy soft versus the more powdery or gritty soft feel of some other brands in this softness category. I find myself gravitating towards these over the others - they are a pleasure to use. I highly recommend them, especially when Blick is running a promotion where you get some percentage off of your total purchase.
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