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FAQs about Yarnell Certified Artist Program (YSAP)

How will I know the key aspects Jerry will be using for scoring my painting assignments?

You will have a detailed list from Jerry of the specific components he’ll be looking for in your painting. As well he will point you to recommended materials available both on Yarnell School Online as well as via DVD format from the online store of YarnellSchool.com. Note: Cost of DVDs and Yarnell School Online (YSO) membership is not included in the cost of YCAP.

Am I required to be a Yarnell School Online (YSO) member?

Jerry highly recommends you become a YSO member as the instructional materials available to you on YSO will give you a significant advantage and prove invaluable as you do your painting assignments. Think of YSO as your text book, and the YCAP as the location where you get your assignments, grades, and feedback. YSO is an extremely affordable resource.

What art supplies are required?
Set yourself up for success by using the same tools Jerry uses every day in all of his projects. Jerry has selected and designed these tools over his 40+ years of experience. All supplies are available at the online store of YarnellSchool.com.

We recommend the Beginner Acrylic Kit (SKU # PTBS). Some of you may already have items Jerry recommends, i.e., his signature brushes – if not we highly recommend you purchase a set of both the acrylic brushes as well as the Dynasty set. You want to use only professional grade (i.e., Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic) paints.

See Jerry’s palette sheet and supply list.

You can also view the key supplies which Jerry recommends by clicking here: https://www.yarnellschool.com/pdf/YCAP Art Product UsagePDF.pdf

Can I substitute certain paints, brushes, and other supplies instead of what YARNELL STUDIO & SCHOOL OF FINE ART recommends?

I encourage you to use the most professional products — this is not a gimmick or a trick to encourage you to use my brushes or professional-level paints. I am teaching “fine art” … not craft painting, method-style painting, etc. This is not to say those methods are “wrong” … but it is to say this is NOT what this program or the YARNELL SCHOOL OF FINE ART is founded upon. Using inferior paints and brushes can be a nightmare for teachers and very discouraging for students. We at the YARNELL SCHOOL OF FINE ART ask that you please set yourself up for success by using the products that we recommend. We have a fully stocked online store where you can purchase these products. Using proper products will make learning much easier and much more FUN! Jerry Yarnell

Will I get a certificate each time I score 70 or above on a painting assignment and move to the next painting assignment?
Yes, you will! You will receive a certificate in acknowledgement of your successful completion of each painting assignment with a score of 70 or above. You will also receive a beautiful, framed and matted Certificate upon successful completion of the entire YCAP Category for which you were registered.
Is the Yarnell Certified ™ Instructor Program (YCIP) available now as well?

The Instructor Program has been discontinued.

How does the YCAP benefit me?
The Yarnell Certified Artist Program is designed to enhance your own credibility as a fine artist by engaging in series of pre-selected paintings and study exercises that will increase your skill level as a fine artist – taking you to the next level of your fine art career. The Program is designed for anyone who wants to truly be recognized as a fine-art artist under Jerry Yarnell. The Program’s main purpose is to help you become the best artist you can be by using the same master techniques perfected over the years by Jerry Yarnell.
Benefits:
· Listed as a Certified Artist on Jerry’s website www.YarnellSchool.com
· Publicity and your website link on Jerry’s website
·  Enhanced bio credentials to further your status in art shows, competitions, personal       showings, galleries, and more
· Boost your personal art sales and income potential!
And while YARNELL hopes that you will be able to increase your income by entering art shows, winning awards, and increasing painting sales, YARNELL makes NO GUARANTEE of these outcomes.
What is the cost of the YCAP?

Each Category is $1,950.00.  (i.e., Landscape I, Landscape II)

Can I establish a payment plan to pay for my YCAP registration?

Payment plans are not available.  Payment for the entire program is required before access to the YCAP webpage can be activated.

What is the refund policy for the YCAP?
The cost of the YCAP is non-refundable. No refunds will be granted for any reason.
Be sure you are committed to following through with the program before signing up.
How long do I have to complete a YCAP Category?

Student artists have two (2) years from their “activation date” to successfully complete all painting assignments for each certification category.  This includes any of the categories (i.e., Landscape I, Landscape II, Birds I, Animals I, Buildings & Cityscapes I, and Still Life I).  After two (2) years, you will no longer be considered an active student of YCAP and your access will be disabled.

How long do I have to complete a painting assignment?

You can take as long as you need in between painting assignment submittals. You are given two (2) years from your “activation date” to successfully finish all the requirements of each certification category. However if you have not completed all assignments successfully after two years, you will no longer be considered an active student of YCAP and your access will be disabled.

If I see that I cannot finish the YCAP, can I transfer my membership to someone that I choose?

No. YCAP registration is non-transferable.

Is there a way I can work on my certification assignment paintings at Jerry’s studio during his standard ‘open’ workshops and/or scheduled private lessons?

Yes, you are very welcome to come to Jerry’s studio with one of your painting assignments. However, the cost of these classes would be in addition to the cost of the YCAP program. As well, you must still participate online to fulfill the requirements of the YCAP program. Classes at the studio require pre-registration and a deposit to hold your space.

Can I participate in the YCAP without using a computer and by submitting photos of my painting assignments through the mail?
No.  All students must be computer literate as the Yarnell Studio Staff cannot provide basic computer training.  No assignments will be accepted via US mail or by hand-delivery.
All students are expected to be computer literate in order to participate in the YCAP as all categories in the YCAP certification activities are conducted online. Students must be either
  1. Computer literate; ability to access the YCAP site, knowledgeable in the use of uploading photo files, remember access (logins), access assignments, etc.,
  2. Or have ready access to someone who is computer-literate; someone immediately accessible throughout the YCAP studies.
Is a computer system required to be a part of the YCAP?
Yes. All categories of the YCAP certification activities are conducted online.
All students must be computer literate as the Yarnell Studio Staff cannot provide basic computer training.  No assignments will be accepted via US mail or by hand-delivery.
All students are expected to be computer literate in order to participate in the YCAP as all categories in the YCAP certification activities are conducted online. Students must be either
  1. Computer literate; ability to access the YCAP site, knowledgeable in the use of uploading photo files, remember access (logins), access assignments, etc.,
  2. Or have ready access to someone who is computer-literate; someone immediately accessible throughout the YCAP studies.
What computer system (hardware, software) is recommended? Can I access the system from my iPad?
The YarnellSchool.com website including YCAP works in all major browsers.  Access is also available on desktops, laptops, mobile phones, tablets, and other devices that have internet access.
You can access all of YarnellSchool.com website using your iPhone and iPad as well. However, be advised that due to limitations in some prior versions of Mobile Safari browser, uploading images will not work. Safari that comes with iOS 6.0 offers image uploading capability. So, in order for you to upload Painting Assignments using iPad or iPhone, you must have iOS 6 or later as your operating system.
What about the photos of our painting assignments – what specific guidelines do you have for us in preparation for uploading?

You will submit your painting photos unframed. Take the time to get good quality shots. Some students have placed their paintings using a black or dark back-drop — making the paintings ‘pop’ more in the photographs. Picture file size should be no larger than 3 MB. You may use a photo editing program to correct the color, brightness, intensity and contrast as necessary and to crop out any background. There are a few free photo editing programs and PhotoShop is quite good but is also expensive. PhotoShop now offers a scaled down version for $99.

Can I use the YCAP materials for reasons other than my own YCAP studies?

No. The Yarnell Certified™ Artist and Yarnell Certified™ Instructor Programs and materials are trademarked. None of the YCAP contents, instructional materials, and painting assignments can be used or reproduced for any commercial purposes. Students may not place any of their completed painting assignments on the Internet or on any social media networks.

Will Yarnell be using some of my submitted painting assignments in any way?
Yes.  All student content, photos, and painting assignments may be used by Yarnell Studio & School of Fine Art LLC to highlight and showcase talent on YarnellSchool.com, face book, print materials, etc.  Yarnell reserves the right to use all your contents royalty free.
Why am I not allowed to sell or post on the Internet my paintings from the YCAP?
The painting assignments are very carefully designed and selected so that successful completion of all of them will demonstrate that you have attained a high level of proficiency in the techniques required for mastery of the subject category. As such, they have been copyrighted so that we cannot allow any reproduction of the paintings. Remember that once you have attained this level of mastery, you will be able to create and sell your own versions of these scenes.  Unlike the subject images Jerry uses in his books, DVDs, Yarnell School Online, and TV show for teaching which he freely allows students to use in their own paintings, the images associated with YCAP are not the same and not to be copied in any way outside of the YCAP Program.
How often will I be able to access the YarnellSchool.com/YCAP website?
You have 24/7 access to YarnellSchool.com/YCAP.
Although Yarnell aims to offer you the best service and experience possible, Yarnell makes no promise that the services available at YCAP will always meet your requirements or expectations. Yarnell cannot guarantee that the Service will be always fault-free. If a fault or issue occurs with the Service, you should report it to support@yarnellschool.com and Yarnell will make our best effort in the most reasonable time and manner. Your access to YCAP may be occasionally restricted to allow for repairs, maintenance, or the introduction of new facilities or services. Yarnell will post notice for scheduled repair and maintenance of service. Yarnell will attempt to restore the Service as soon as Yarnell reasonably can.
How quickly can I get registered and begin the YCAP?
Once you have enrolled, paid your tuition, and returned your Terms & Conditions form, you are ready to begin your adventure!
This program is a contractual agreement between you and the YARNELL STUDIO & SCHOOL OF FINE ART LLC. You agree to complete the 8 assignments within a maximum of two years and Jerry will evaluate and grade each assignment, providing you with feedback on any needed improvements and areas that are well done. Simply follow the instructions and recommended study material prompts for your first assignment. Then pick up your paints and brushes and complete Painting Assignment #1.
What makes the YCAP different from any of the programs of this type?

Jerry strictly teaches “fine art” techniques focusing on learning the technical aspects of painting; negative space, composition, perspective, eye stoppers, value systems, and color-mixing.  Patterns are not taught.  This allows an artist to develop their own style –incorporating the fine art techniques into their own unique compositions from real life instead of copying or using a pattern.

What mediums can I be certified in?

All of Jerry’s instructions can be applied to oil or acrylic, and both are being offered through the YCAP program.

What subjects can I be certified in?

Currently we are offering the following Certification Categories: Landscape I (Beginner to Intermediate), Landscape II (Intermediate to Advanced).

How much does the program cost to be certified?

Each Certification Category is $1950.00.

Where do I go for the certification process?
Both (YCAP) Categories are administered online.
Overall, how does the YCAP process work?
This program is a contract between you and the YARNELL STUDIO & SCHOOL OF FINE ART LLC. You agree to complete the eight (8) Painting Assignments within a maximum of two(2) years and Jerry will evaluate and grade each assignment, providing you with feedback on any needed improvements and areas that are well done.

The program process is VERY EASY TO FOLLOW, and COMPLETELY ADMINISTERED ONLINE. Once you’ve successfully completed the registration process, signed, and returned (via email or fax) your Terms & Conditions form, we will activate your access. At that point you will login to see your first painting assignment. Once you’ve completed your assignment, you will upload your photo of that painting via YarnellSchool.com. Jerry will then review and critique your painting, assess a score from 10-100, and provide you feedback. You must score 70 or higher to move to the next Painting Assignment. Assignments with scores of less than 70 must be reworked based on the feedback you will receive from Jerry via YarnellSchool.com site. You will follow the same process when you have reworked your painting (i.e., re-0phot ograph and re-upload) and again Jerry will assess, score, and provide feedback.

Please refer to the Basic Certification flow chart which depicts the process visually.

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