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.
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 — and you as one of my students (and perhaps one day one of our instructors) – 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
Not just yet but we will be launching the instructor phase (YCIP) in a few months. Keep in mind, Landscape I Category will also be a prerequisite for anyone who wants to become a Yarnell Certified™ Instructor in the future so it would be a good idea to get Landscape I under your belt if you are planning to move into the Instructor Program.
Each Category is $1,950.00. (i.e., Landscape I, Landscape II, Birds I, Animals I, Buildings & Cityscapes I, Still Life I,)
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. A couple of free photo editing programs include IrfanView and GIMP. PhotoShop is quite good but is also expensive.
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.
The “Artist” Certification is only one phase – if you wish to teach Jerry’s techniques, use and sell our products, and form workshops in your area, you must arrange with Jerry private one-on-one sessions at his personal Studio. The number of sessions you need will be based on your current level of ability and knowledge of Jerry’s fine art professional techniques. This Program is not for everyone; it requires a lot of dedication and hard work. Jerry is very picky about who represents him and the Yarnell School of Fine Art. Once you have been approved to teach, you will be responsible for booking your own classes, bookkeeping, etc. We will continue to promote you on our website and social media, promote you via Yarnell students in your area, and discount our signature products to you for your personal use as well as for those products sold by you to your students. We make no promises of any success. The Program is all based on your own ability, personality, and commitment. Of course, we will support and promote you anyway we can. All monies you make teaching your classes are yours. We take no commissions. We want YOU to be successful — but at the same time we cannot guarantee your success.
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.
No, you do not. We have already had this request from many students who indicate they want to take the entire program just for personal knowledge and advancement but may or may not actually teach afterwards.
Certified artists want to improve their painting skills and increase their opportunities at art shows, galleries, as well as increase their bio credentials. Certified Instructors want the same however they also want to supplement their income by being able to teach Yarnell techniques under the Yarnell Brand. Yarnell Certified™ Instructors will be positioned to receive student referrals direct from Jerry Yarnell thus expanding their portfolio and ability to reach a larger student base. The Yarnell Studio & School of Fine Art receives student requests constantly for lessons in various parts of the Country and even the World. Travel to all these requested locations is not possible for Jerry, so as a Yarnell™ Certified Instructor, this is a huge opportunity.
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), Birds I, Animals I, Buildings & Cityscapes I, and Still Life I. Jerry plans to add Figures & Portraits I at a later date.
Each Certification Category is $1950.00. The cost of the Instructor Certification will be announced at a later date.
Please refer to the Basic Certification flow chart which depicts the process visually.