FAQ's Section


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. Of course, we hope that you are able to complete the assignments much sooner since there are many more certification categories available for you.
 
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 1-10, and provide you feedback. You must score 7 or higher to move to the next Painting Assignment. Assignments with scores of less than 7 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-photograph 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.
http://www.yarnellschool.com/ycp/YCAPGetStarted.aspx

    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.

    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: http://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

    Yes, you will! You will receive a certificate in acknowledgement of your successful completion of each painting assignment with a score of 7 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.

    Yes, but only after you successfully complete the Landscape I category FIRST -- then you can register for any additional categories. Landscape I is the prerequisite for Landscape II, Birds I, Animals I, Buildings & Cityscapes I, and Still Life I. Landscape I will also be a prerequisite for anyone who wants to become a future Yarnell Certified™ Instructor.

    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.

    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
    ·        Established credentials which will allow you the option of moving into the Certified Yarnell Instructor program
    ·        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.

    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.  

    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.

    YCAP is an online program.  Once you are enrolled, your experience with YCAP will be conducted online, and all feedback from Jerry Yarnell will be provided via YarnellSchool.com website infrastructure. 
    Jerry offers all critiques on a first-come-first-serve basis. Because Jerry is the only artist critiquing, he will provide the very best professional feedback in the most expeditious, timely fashion. In most cases feedback will be provided within 7 business days (business days are defined as Monday-Friday); however in some cases and because of Jerry’s schedule, critique session feedback may take slightly longer.

    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.

    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.
     
    Yes, you can schedule a Critique-for-Fee session which is $35 for a 15-minute feedback session with Jerry. The cost of this session is in addition to the cost of the YCAP Program. Jerry’s intention is to make any avenues available to you that he can so that your experience in the YCAP program is incredible!

    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.

    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.

     
    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. 

     
    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 ycp@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. 

    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. Of course, we hope that you are able to complete the assignments much sooner since there are many more Certification Categories available for you. 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.

    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.

    All of the Yarnell Certified™ Artist Program (YCAP) Categories are administered online. Students who are accepted into the Yarnell Certified™ Instructor Program (once launched) will be required to attend training at the Yarnell Oklahoma Studio and will also be required to complete assignments online.