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Jerry Yarnell smiling while painting on canvas.It is with a very heavy heart that we let our friends, clients and the art community know…

Monday May 6th, Jerry Yarnell went to be with the Lord.  After a short struggle with kidney failure and several months of dialysis, at Jerry’s request, he moved from continual treatment to palliative care where within days, Jerry passed.

As many of you know, Jerry’s faith was very strong.  Jerry put the Lord at the forefront of all he did and was blessed to work in a field that put him into a position to teach not only art, but the abundant life we can all gain through our relationship with the Lord.  Jerry was not only a nationally recognized and accomplished artist and teacher but a pastor.

Jerry lived an incredibly fulfilled life with what he taught, both in art and God. We ask for your prayers during this time of grief, knowing that the pain of loss is only left with his close friends, family and many students who love him.  Because Jerry is no longer of this world, he is now in paradise with our creator receiving the promise of everlasting life that the Lord gives us.

A small, private graveside service was held on May 10. Most of you know that Jerry dearly loved his three rescue dogs (Gesso, Yogi, and Boo Boo). If you feel moved to do so, in lieu of flowers, please make any donation to Jerry’s favorite charity, Skiatook Paws & Claws Animal Rescue. Jerry’s obituary can be found here.

Jerry’s legacy of teaching, and all that was held near and dear to Jerry’s heart will continue on through Jerry’s website, YarnellSchool.com. Jerry was always so proud of what he made available to the world. Now more than ever before, Jerry’s spirit of teaching and all that the world hungers for in the pursuit of an artistic endeavor, will continue to be available.

We respectfully thank you for continuing to learn and explore your inner artist through the masterful collection of education and teaching that is now Jerry’s legacy that will never be equaled. We will continue to make this treasure available to all.

Again, we appreciate any prayer that lifts the family and friends during this most difficult time, but we are calmed to know that Jerry is at peace with his creator, our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Meet the Artist

Who is Joseph Jerome Yarnell, Jr.? The man we affectionately refer to as Jerry Yarnell has many sides, including Jerry the Teacher and Jerry the Artist. These two sides of our founder have come together to create the Yarnell School of Fine Art. Jerry is the star of the PBS TV show “Paint This with Jerry Yarnell®”, which is enjoyed by viewers worldwide, as well as being the number one art show of its kind in Canada.

Jerry himself is an accomplished artist, known for his incredible landscape, wildlife, and western paintings. He uses the Yarnell School of Fine Art to share his knowledge and experience with all of our students by providing painting classes for adults. He has also shared his knowledge through 16 books with painting instructions and tips for artists of all skill levels.

To learn from Jerry Yarnell, contact us today and sign up for our online classes for adults or to take an in-person art painting class. We hope to help you grow as an artist!

Art Class for Adults!

Looking to enhance your painting skills as an adult? Join our art class for adults at Yarnell School, where we guide our students towards becoming the artists they aspire to be! We offer private lessons throughout the year and online classes which give you convenience of learning on your schedule.

Unlock your artistic potential with our exclusive art class designed specifically for adults! At Yarnell School, we are dedicated to nurturing your painting skills and helping you reach new heights as an artist. Whether you prefer the convenience of online learning or the personalized experience of private lessons, we have the perfect option for you.

Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing world of acrylic painting with expert guidance from Jerry Yarnell. From capturing the delicate details of birds and animals to bringing to life breathtaking wildlife scenes, he will teach you the techniques and secrets behind acrylic painting at your own pace. With our online classes and DVDs, you have the flexibility to learn whenever and wherever suits you best. Imagine recreating your most cherished vacation memories through the medium of art and displaying them proudly in your home. With a variety of seasonal scenes to choose from, you can unleash your creativity and find painting inspiration while enjoying our painting tutorials.

If watercolor painting holds a special place in your heart, no problem! We offer a wide range of online art painting classes and art instruction DVDs that cater specifically to your passion. Whether it’s capturing the majestic beauty of mountains or creating stunning landscapes, Jerry will guide you every step of the way. Unleash your inner artist and explore the endless possibilities that painting brings.

Intrigued? Join YSO (Yarnell School Online) today and unlock your true artistic potential. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to gain inspiration, learn invaluable techniques, and connect with a community of like-minded individuals. Let your creativity soar and create extraordinary works of art that will leave a lasting impression. Enroll now and embark on a transformative journey of self-expression and artistic growth!