Cynthia Kneisl
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Cynthia Kneisl

Cynthia K.

Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I have extensive experience and a great enthusiasm for Disney animation, including the development of animation technology by Disney Studios. I love teaching students cartooning and animation techniques!

When you inquire about lessons, please include a bit about your current level of knowledge or experience with cartooning, as well as what you would like to learn from our lessons. I also ask, prior to our first lesson, that you provide me with at least 1 sample of a drawing (of anything) so I have a good idea of where we should start. That way we can dive right into lesson 1 and I'll map out how to reach your goals.

Also, there is no need to worry about forgetting what we cover during classes, because I provide each student with their own copy of a collection of tips, tricks, samples, and shortcuts I've put together.

About Cynthia K.

Hello! I've been an artist and a teacher for most of my life, and am excited to share those skills with online students. In 1993 I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Art Education, and in 2005 I added a graduate certification in teaching Computers and Related Applications. In addition to teaching art to K12 students, I've taught adult Community Education classes for years. I look forward to helping students of all ages improve their drawing skills and learn both physical techniques and how to look at the world as an artist. As a teacher it has always been my belief that anyone can learn how to draw. I'm a firm believer in constructive critiques, where we talk about what you learned and about what can still be worked on. There is always more than one way to approach a drawing task, and allowing student creativity promotes confidence and artistic expression.

In addition to teaching art, I have years of experience and another teaching license as a computer application teacher to K12 students and adults. I teach everything from basic computer skills (keyboarding, what the different parts of the computer are called, how to save and find files, etc.) to more advanced classes like Mail Merge in Microsoft Word, or how to use Photoshop tools. I can also teach students how to use, which is a free program available to PC users and comparable to Photoshop.

In 2018 I moved to Idaho, where I live in the mountains with my dog and my family. The beauty here inspires me creatively every day. I look forward to meeting new students and learning what inspires you!


Write a Review
7 Reviews
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Cynthia is a very creative, fun, and imaginative teacher, with skills in many different artistic media!

Posted Dec 13, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Cynthia is such a great lady and teacher! She is very knowledgeable. You can tell she really wants her students to succeed. She also makes learning fun with her quirky personality. I definitely recommend taking a class from her.

Posted Dec 13, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Cynthia is a wonderful artist and teacher! She is very kind and patient with students. She helped me with a PowerPoint presentation with transitions and background music that I had no clue how to do, and I am very grateful for her assistance.

Posted Dec 13, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

I’ve known Cynthia as an instructor and artist for a long time. Her patience, personality, creativity, and good humor supplement her ability to teach difficult and complex skills (e.g., Photoshop, but also drawing, cartooning, and even how to use Office Suite tools creatively and fluently). You won’t be sorry you decided to choose Cynthia as your instructor!

Posted Dec 12, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Cynthia is an excellent teacher, patient, knowledgeable, intuitive, and professional.
She guided me through the nuisances and quirks or Adobe Photoshop, which as you will be aware, is extremely complex.
Cynthia's teaching gave me the skills I needed to perform the important work for my business that I urgently needed to complete.
Even though I now know many of the essential elements of the software I still plan to call upon Cynthia's considerable expertise to continue my professional development as needed.
I cannot recommend Cynthia highly enough.

Posted Dec 12, 2020
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Cynthia’s creativity, dedication to the teaching process and her years of experience make her an excellent choice for on line learning.

Posted Dec 12, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Cynthia is very knowledgable and creative with Photoshop! It is a tool I know I can now use now with confidence.

Posted Dec 12, 2020

Photos & Videos

4 Photos & Videos


Substitute Teacher
Aug 2018 - Mar 2020

Boise Basin School District

In this position I taught a variety of subjects to K-12 students.

Substitute Teacher
Aug 2005 - Jun 2018

Various schools in MN

I taught a variety of subjects to K-12 students in various school districts in the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minnesota.

Community Education Teacher
Aug 2000 - Jun 2015

Stillwater Area Public Schools

In this capacity I taught a number of adult classes on watercolor painting and drawing.

Art and Computer Teacher
Aug 2002 - Aug 2004

Mahtomedi Alternative High School

In this position I taught computer and art classes to at-risk high school students.

Software Trainer
Jan 1998 - Jul 2002

Merchant & Gould Law Firm

I designed and taught courses to employees of a large law firm. Most classes related to Microsoft Office applications, targeting skills to enhance productivity.

Art Teacher
Aug 1995 - Jun 1997

Pilot Knob Elementary

In this position I taught art classes to elementary students. Lessons included drawing, painting, sculpture, and art elements.

Art Teacher
Aug 1993 - Jun 1995

Sauk Rapids High School

In this position I taught drawing, painting, sculpture, and art elements to high school students.


Computers and Related Applications Teaching Certification
Sep 2003 - Jun 2005

Bethel University Graduate School

Bachelor of Science, Art Education
Aug 1989 - Jun 1993

University of Minnesota



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Microsoft Word Expert User
Oct 2005


K12 Computers and Related Applications Teaching License
Jun 2005

State of Minnesota

K12 Art Teaching License
Jul 1993

State of Minnesota

Let Our Student Counselors Help You

We can match you with the perfect teacher and take care of all your scheduling needs.
Reserve Your Spot
change subject
  • {{ subject.value }}
{{ (view.locations.length > 1) ? 'Select a ' : '' }} Lesson Location
Other lesson locations may be too far away. show all
Cynthia's Availability
{{ time }}
{{ time }}
{{ time }}
Time Zone:
Cynthia's {{ (view.location && view.location.isStudio) ? 'Studio' : '' }} {{ (view.location && view.location.isTravel) ? 'In-Home' : '' }} {{ (view.location && view.location.isOnline) ? 'Online' : '' }} Lesson Pricing
{{ rate.duration }} minutes
${{ rate.rate }}
{{ view.loadingText }}
100% Satisfaction Guarantee

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Try the first lesson and if you’re not satisfied we'll refund any unused lessons.

Recently Viewed