Icy Hot, Barbara Jaenicke

Sponsored by the Vermont Pastel Society
October 4, 5, and 6, 2024
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Monument Art & Cultural Center

44 Gypsy Lane
Bennington, VT 05201

Class Size: 16 maximum

FEE:  $450 member – $500 non-member

Scholarships are now available for qualified current VPS members who have been in the Society for at least a year or more.   Application and information can be found on the VPS website.


Linda Masten: [email protected]

If you are one of the 16 people signed up you will need to send a 50% deposit within 10 days to hold your seat. You can mail your check made payable to the Vermont Pastel Society to Linda Masten, 497 Fox Hill Road, Bennington, VT 05201


Once you learn landscape painting basics, it’s time to learn how to add the poetry. Barbara’s goal is to equip you with skills that will move you beyond merely replicating landscape subjects, to conveying a distinct, poetic visual message that strikes an emotional chord with the viewer.

Skills covered include composition, editing, value structure, color temperature, chroma, and edge control. Barbara will also address how to make every stroke count, considering the mark-making particulars of how you apply pigment to surface. Each day begins with a demonstration followed by students working on a painting exercise for the remainder of the day, while receiving plenty of individual help at the easel.



Barbara’s fascination with art began in her teen years with a love of drawing, and her artistic journey was launched with stubborn determination right from the start. Not realizing that a career in fine art could be a possibility, she steered her initial career choice toward Advertising/Graphic Design, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986 from The College of New Jersey. After a career in advertising as an Art Director, and then in corporate marketing communications management roles, she was able to turn her focus to fine art in 2002, pursuing it full steam ahead. Working in oil and pastel, Barbara strives to capture light-filled landscapes in a painterly, impressionist style. She holds signature memberships in Oil Painters of America (OPA) and American Impressionist Society (AIS), and has earned the distinctions of Master Pastelist in the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and Eminent Pastelist in the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS).

Born and raised in New Jersey, Barbara also lived in Atlanta, Georgia for many years until she yearned for snow and mountains for her landscape subject matter, which prompted her family’s move to Bend, Oregon in 2015, where she currently lives with her husband, college-student son (when he’s home for breaks), and dog Frodo.



Soft Pastels – Feel free to use your favorite soft pastels if you already have a good range of values, plus some hard pastels mentioned below. I highly recommend organizing your pastels by value. If you plan to stock up a bit before the workshop, here are some of my favorite soft pastels that I’ll use in my demonstrations:

Terry Ludwig



Jack Richeson (Handrolled Soft Pastels) – Their Winter Landscape 80 pc. set is one I developed for workshop students, and is available through Dakota Pastels and Judson Art Outfitters. (At least one of my demos in this workshop will be a snow scene.) Schmincke’s Permanent Yellow 1 Lemon 002-O (yellowish-white) and Richeson’s EO2 (peachy-pink –included in my Richeson set) are ideal pastels to have for a snow scene.

Hard Pastels – NuPastel square/hard pastels have traditionally been my favorite for my initial block-in of a pastel painting. However, they are no longer available to order individually. Since they’re now available only in full sets, and I only use a few of these pastels, I’ve found alternative hard pastels that can be purchased individually. The colors are basically a dark blue, bright orange, bright pink, violet and dark brown.

Listed below are the NuPastels, and then alternate options (in the same color order) in

Cretacolor. You’ll need only the 5 pastels listed for one of these options (or a combination from any of the brands).

NuPastels: 244 Blue Violet, 212 Deep Orange, 306 Orchid Pink, 254 Violet Hyacinthe, and 353 Cordovan

Cretacolor: 239 Paynes Grey, 111 Orange, 133 Rose Madder, 139 Bluish Purple, and 219 Sepia Dark


We’ll use mounted UArt paper for the first two days; Sennelier LaCarte paper for the third day. Mounted UArt – Pastel students will be using liquid underpaintings for the first two days, so the mounted version of the Uart paper will be important. My favorite grit is 320 or 400, but any grit close to that will be fine for this workshop. My recommended workshop size is 11×14, but feel free to work slightly smaller if you prefer to work more slowly.

Quantities/sizes: At least 2 11 x 14 (or smaller) boards

I recommend either of these options for pre-mounted UArt:

Mounted UArt paper from www.propartpanels.com (preferred) or UArt Premium Mounted Boards, available at www.dickblick.com or www.dakotapastels.com

You can also mount regular UArt paper yourself to foamboard with a spray adhesive (prior to the workshop).

Sennelier La Carte pastel card – two 19.5 x 25.5 sheets cut in half (just for easier transporting). Any color is fine but avoid anything darker than a mid-value; I use the “Sand” color for my demos. Or either of their smaller size pads of this paper in assorted colors also works well. This paper will be for multiple 6x8ish small studies, ideally fitting at least two at a time on a surface.

Other supplies:

Small sketch book

Artists tape

A couple of sharp pencils (any type) for thumbnails, and sharpener; or a mechanical pencil


Pastel pencil, if desired, to draw in initial shapes for painting (I use Cretacolor Paynes Grey)

Isopropyl alcohol for underpainting (just the cheap “rubbing” alcohol you find in the grocery store)

Small jar for alcohol

Brush for underpainting – Flat bristle brush…ideally #8 (5/8” – 3/4” wide)

Optional – backing board such as foamboard (a few inches larger on each side than your panel) to hinge your painting panel, if working at a studio easel. This allows for plenty of space around the entire panel.

Hand wipes

Paper towels

Latex gloves or other hand protection if desired

Portable easel if venue does not provide.

Reference Photos:

If you have your own landscape reference photos, please bring them. I will provide copies of the photos I use for my demos, which you may use if you’d like to work from the same photo. I’ll demo at least one snow scene.  You may work from printed photos or from photos on your laptop or iPad. (Please, however, do not plan to work directly from photos on your phone.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellation Policy: To reserve a space a 50% deposit.  Full payment is due 60 days prior to the workshop. No refunds will be given within 60 days of the workshop unless we are able to fill your space. Once a workshop is wait-listed full payment is required no matter of the date. Cancellation requests must be in writing. 
  • In the Case of Low Enrollment or Workshop Needs to be Cancelled Due to Unforeseen Situations: VPS will refund 100% of fee. Workshops will run based on adequate enrollment.
  • Please note we will determine whether a workshop will run approximately 30 days prior to start date unless the contract with the artist states otherwise. Please make your travel plans accordingly.
  • Exceptions will be made by discretion of the VPS Workshop Chair and/or VPS Board for a death in the family of an immediate relative or a personal emergency medical situation.


Lodging in Bennington:  Knotty Pine Motel, Paradise Inn, Best Western, Harwood Hill Motel, Hampton Inn.