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.
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.
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.
You can also view the key supplies which Jerry recommends by clicking here: https://www.yarnellschool.com/pdf/YCAP Art Product UsagePDF.pdf
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
The Instructor Program has been discontinued.
Each Category is $1,950.00. (i.e., Landscape I, Landscape II)
Payment plans are not available. Payment for the entire program is required before access to the YCAP webpage can be activated.
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.
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.
No. YCAP registration is non-transferable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All of Jerry’s instructions can be applied to oil or acrylic, and both are being offered through the YCAP program.
Currently we are offering the following Certification Categories: Landscape I (Beginner to Intermediate), Landscape II (Intermediate to Advanced).
Each Certification Category is $1950.00.
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.