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Cindy M.

Adobe Creative Suite, Graphic Design, Art, Social Media Marketing

Adobe Creative Suite, Graphic Design, Art, Social Media Marketing

$40/hour

  • 77 hours tutoring

  • Christiansburg, VA 24073

About Cindy


Bio

I am a friendly, patient experienced tutor and teacher. As a degreed and experienced designer and college professor, I'm always excited to share my knowledge with my students. I teach the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) Mac computer basics, concepts and principals of design, Microsoft Powerpoint and Word, and social media marketing. I am a social media consultant for a magazine and can help teach how to leverage social media for your business.

My goal for...

I am a friendly, patient experienced tutor and teacher. As a degreed and experienced designer and college professor, I'm always excited to share my knowledge with my students. I teach the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) Mac computer basics, concepts and principals of design, Microsoft Powerpoint and Word, and social media marketing. I am a social media consultant for a magazine and can help teach how to leverage social media for your business.

My goal for students is to improve proficiency with software and teach design basics so whatever your creative endeavors, you will have a deeper understanding of design to improve any of your creative projects. I believe that anyone can learn the basics to create better results and I truly believe that everyone has a talent that can be tapped!

Learning how to use your tools is key; computer design, a digital camera and a sketchbook are tools you may use, but need help with.

Lessons includes a variety of exercises designed to help you develop your skills and are completely unique to your level of knowledge and goals. I can teach the basics or enhance skills for the experienced. I am confident you will learn and enjoy the process.


Education

Viriginia Commonwealth University
BFA Visual Comm Arts
BFA Communication Arts, Cum Laude
Masters
AAA Visual Arts ,Summa Cum Laude
Other

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $40
  • Rate details: Discounted group rates for full day workshops. You organize a group and all participants benefit from group learning as well as reduced rates!
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 35 miles of Christiansburg, VA 24073
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 1/25/2010

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Adobe Illustrator,

Adobe Illustrator

Illustrator is a vector graphics software application and is the design the tool of choice for digital artists. As an educator I have experience teaching all levels of Illustrator to adults and older youth. My experience is as a college professor, private teacher and graphic designer using Illustrator on a daily basis. I teach the basics of document set up, review each tool then tailor the tutoring lessons to the student's needs. There is a great deal to learn in Illustrator so learning the student's need is essential to their success. I also teach advanced Illustrator for those who understand the basics but want to advance further with their design and art projects.
Adobe InDesign,

Adobe InDesign

Creating business cards, brochures, booklet and magazine layouts are just a few of the projects I have produced in InDesign, the ultimate professional layout program for graphic designers. A challenging program InDesign offers powerful features you can use to create professional documents for print. I have completed college courses in InDesign as well as produced professionally designed projects. If you have InDesign CS3 or above, I can help you master the basics then move on to advanced functionality. Need help with your college course in Adobe Design? Call me and earn the A you deserve!
Adobe Photoshop,

Adobe Photoshop

I teach Photoshop at the college level and use it in my work on a regular basis, so am an advanced user. Since I teach it, I understand the challenges for those new to learning and make the experience fun as you learn. Photoshop is a robust program and I work with students to understand what they want to do with it, so I teach to each student's individual interests and needs. Users can create effects, restore old or damaged photos, add text and even draw and export to other Adobe programs. I love using Photoshop and hope to help others learn to use and enjoy the fun of working with this powerful and versatile program! I also know and tutor Photoshop Elements. Elements is designed for the hobby photographer and includes an organizational database as well as a comprehensive editing module.
Art History,

Art History

What makes ordinary history compelling and fascinating? Study art in the context of it's culture. History and art come to life when studied together. I tutor as artist with solid art history education, I combine my passion for history and art to create compelling courses for you. I have studied both traditional art history as well as a history of visual communication through art. From the earliest cultures, Egyptian, Babylonian and Greek to today's post modern era, I have the knowledge and passion to tutor students of any age or knowledge level. All you need to learn is an interest in art history. With the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, we have a great "laboratory" in which to study, along with the many private and public galleries.
Art Theory,

Art Theory

Working in the arts is my occupation. I stay engaged in art through practice as well as reading and study. I loved and "aced" college coursework in art theory, art history and the history of visual communications and art philosophy. I have continued to study, research and discuss art theory in an effort to learn more and stay informed.
Drawing,

Drawing

I have been drawing all my life and chose visual art as my college major. I am an observational artist, which means I draw from life. Subjects are anything that catches my attention and that I can sit and observe. I may take reference photographs but drawing from a photo gives a different result than drawing from life. Preferred drawing medium is a simple pencil. Using a variety of leads from very soft to hard a number of effects can be achieved, dark shadows and soft textures and everything in between. My first year in college I won first place in an art show for a drawing done in charcoal. Charcoal is a forgiving medium that even beginners can master. Color pencils, pen and ink are two other great drawing tools, but both require practice to achieve a good result. I am passionate about teaching students the importance of using the right tools for the job and the importance of using quality materials to create art they can be proud of.
Graphic Design,

Graphic Design

I am a working professional graphic designer with 15+ years experience working in design. I presently have my own company and teach graphic design at the college level. My expertise, experience and education all combine to offer students comprehensive tutorial expertise and support in graphic design, visual branding and marketing.
Painting,

Painting

I teach an introductory course in oil painting designed for adults with a passion to learn. Courses are geared toward new students and include the basics of oil painting, which include what colors to purchase, selecting a canvas or painting surface, basic color theory, and best practices for safe use of paints and chemicals. Prior painting experience is not necessary but basic drawing skills are beneficial.
Photography

Photography

I have digital photography training and experience. Whether the subject is people, pets, nature or creative photography, learning the basics of digital photography will improve your photographs as well as add to your enjoyment of photography. My experience is with natural light, informal portraits, creative photography for posters and art, astrophotography and nature photography. My photos have been used in print advertising, brochures and other sales and marketing applications. To maximize the digital photography course a digital camera with manual settings and a photo editing program such as photoshop is needed. However the class can be adjusted depending on the individual need of the student and the goals they want to accomplish. Digital photography is fun!

Business

Marketing,

Marketing

Learn the Principles of Marketing geared toward the small and new businesses, Etsy and other entrepreneurs and self-employed. I have over 20 years of marketing experience and two successful individual businesses. Learn the importance of market research (and how to do it), how to use target marketing, social media, branding, networking and other techniques to help grow your business and be more successful.
Microsoft Publisher,

Microsoft Publisher

I worked with Microsoft Publisher for over 8 years in a corporate marketing office. Similar to Pagemaker and other consumer focused desktop design programs, Publisher is a robust tool that will help users create layouts for brochures, reports, business cards, greeting cards and a variety of projects that mix images with text.
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

I teach at a local college and use Powerpoint and MS Word for student work. I am a designer and use the Adobe Suite in my "professional life" and am a savvy social media user as well. So we can cover computer, Facebook, whatever you may have questions on.
Microsoft PowerPoint

Computer

Adobe Illustrator,

Adobe Illustrator

Illustrator is a vector graphics software application and is the design the tool of choice for digital artists. As an educator I have experience teaching all levels of Illustrator to adults and older youth. My experience is as a college professor, private teacher and graphic designer using Illustrator on a daily basis. I teach the basics of document set up, review each tool then tailor the tutoring lessons to the student's needs. There is a great deal to learn in Illustrator so learning the student's need is essential to their success. I also teach advanced Illustrator for those who understand the basics but want to advance further with their design and art projects.
Adobe InDesign,

Adobe InDesign

Creating business cards, brochures, booklet and magazine layouts are just a few of the projects I have produced in InDesign, the ultimate professional layout program for graphic designers. A challenging program InDesign offers powerful features you can use to create professional documents for print. I have completed college courses in InDesign as well as produced professionally designed projects. If you have InDesign CS3 or above, I can help you master the basics then move on to advanced functionality. Need help with your college course in Adobe Design? Call me and earn the A you deserve!
Adobe Photoshop,

Adobe Photoshop

I teach Photoshop at the college level and use it in my work on a regular basis, so am an advanced user. Since I teach it, I understand the challenges for those new to learning and make the experience fun as you learn. Photoshop is a robust program and I work with students to understand what they want to do with it, so I teach to each student's individual interests and needs. Users can create effects, restore old or damaged photos, add text and even draw and export to other Adobe programs. I love using Photoshop and hope to help others learn to use and enjoy the fun of working with this powerful and versatile program! I also know and tutor Photoshop Elements. Elements is designed for the hobby photographer and includes an organizational database as well as a comprehensive editing module.
Desktop Publishing,

Desktop Publishing

Desktop publishing is now within reach of most anyone with a computer, but most don't know how to get started; I can help you. I have the experience and expertise to guide you through the basics of layout and design for your own desktop publishing projects, from a church or neighborhood newsletter, business cards, sales flyers to help you publish your business,...anything you want to create and print, I can help you learn to make it look amazing! I will teach you what makes the most compelling compositions-the basics of typography, photo editing and layout, plus the marketing principals for successful placement of elements on the page. If you want to learn how to improve any document you create my expertise and experience will teach you.
General Computer,

General Computer

I have been an active computer learner, applications teacher and user for many years. I have established a website, several business and personal blog sites and teach and tutor several computer applications. I am highly proficient with MAC and am proficient with PC's and the programs associated with both. I love to teach social networking, blogging and small business marketing via website optimization. From set up to use, I am a friendly and patient tutor-believing there is no question you cannot feel free to ask me!
Graphic Design,

Graphic Design

I am a working professional graphic designer with 15+ years experience working in design. I presently have my own company and teach graphic design at the college level. My expertise, experience and education all combine to offer students comprehensive tutorial expertise and support in graphic design, visual branding and marketing.
Macintosh,

Macintosh

As a fervent Mac lover and user I will teach you the basics of using a Mac and the related Apple programs, iWork and iHome. Publish your own website via iWeb or create compelling presentations with Keynote...I can teach them all to you! My training is on both a PC and a Mac, but all my professional work is on a power Mac and iMac, both great machines. I will show you how easy and intuitive a Mac can be for any level user and the crucial differences between a PC and a Mac. Load software, perform maintenance, tale PhotoBooth pictures, set up passwords and system preferences easily with basic Mac training.
Microsoft Publisher,

Microsoft Publisher

I worked with Microsoft Publisher for over 8 years in a corporate marketing office. Similar to Pagemaker and other consumer focused desktop design programs, Publisher is a robust tool that will help users create layouts for brochures, reports, business cards, greeting cards and a variety of projects that mix images with text.
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

I teach at a local college and use Powerpoint and MS Word for student work. I am a designer and use the Adobe Suite in my "professional life" and am a savvy social media user as well. So we can cover computer, Facebook, whatever you may have questions on.
Photography,

Photography

I have digital photography training and experience. Whether the subject is people, pets, nature or creative photography, learning the basics of digital photography will improve your photographs as well as add to your enjoyment of photography. My experience is with natural light, informal portraits, creative photography for posters and art, astrophotography and nature photography. My photos have been used in print advertising, brochures and other sales and marketing applications. To maximize the digital photography course a digital camera with manual settings and a photo editing program such as photoshop is needed. However the class can be adjusted depending on the individual need of the student and the goals they want to accomplish. Digital photography is fun!
Web Design,

Web Design

All sites need a well designed layout, logical navigation and pertinent content to be successful. I will help you achieve those goals. I have a BFA and am a degreed and experienced artist and designer. I have successfully built simple websites using easy web-builder tools that require minimal coding experience and are ideal for entrepreneurs, small businesses and individuals. II will teach you how to include metadata and other search engine optimization to help the site be successful. I can help you build your own Wordpress site too!
Microsoft PowerPoint

Corporate Training

General Computer,

General Computer

I have been an active computer learner, applications teacher and user for many years. I have established a website, several business and personal blog sites and teach and tutor several computer applications. I am highly proficient with MAC and am proficient with PC's and the programs associated with both. I love to teach social networking, blogging and small business marketing via website optimization. From set up to use, I am a friendly and patient tutor-believing there is no question you cannot feel free to ask me!
Microsoft Publisher,

Microsoft Publisher

I worked with Microsoft Publisher for over 8 years in a corporate marketing office. Similar to Pagemaker and other consumer focused desktop design programs, Publisher is a robust tool that will help users create layouts for brochures, reports, business cards, greeting cards and a variety of projects that mix images with text.
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

I teach at a local college and use Powerpoint and MS Word for student work. I am a designer and use the Adobe Suite in my "professional life" and am a savvy social media user as well. So we can cover computer, Facebook, whatever you may have questions on.
Web Design,

Web Design

All sites need a well designed layout, logical navigation and pertinent content to be successful. I will help you achieve those goals. I have a BFA and am a degreed and experienced artist and designer. I have successfully built simple websites using easy web-builder tools that require minimal coding experience and are ideal for entrepreneurs, small businesses and individuals. II will teach you how to include metadata and other search engine optimization to help the site be successful. I can help you build your own Wordpress site too!
Microsoft PowerPoint

Elementary Education

Study Skills

Study Skills

After receiving two degrees with a 4.0 and 3.5 GPA, I have mastered secrets to study skills for the high school and college age student. Using the basic principals of project management (I have PM coursework completed) and organization (former professional organizer) and experience as a successful student, I am skilled at helping students understand the importance of setting study goals, organizing and following through. Distractions, prep work, organization and motivation are covered in sessions, with each completely tailored to the individual student.

History

Art History

Art History

What makes ordinary history compelling and fascinating? Study art in the context of it's culture. History and art come to life when studied together. I tutor as artist with solid art history education, I combine my passion for history and art to create compelling courses for you. I have studied both traditional art history as well as a history of visual communication through art. From the earliest cultures, Egyptian, Babylonian and Greek to today's post modern era, I have the knowledge and passion to tutor students of any age or knowledge level. All you need to learn is an interest in art history. With the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, we have a great "laboratory" in which to study, along with the many private and public galleries.

Homeschool

Study Skills

Study Skills

After receiving two degrees with a 4.0 and 3.5 GPA, I have mastered secrets to study skills for the high school and college age student. Using the basic principals of project management (I have PM coursework completed) and organization (former professional organizer) and experience as a successful student, I am skilled at helping students understand the importance of setting study goals, organizing and following through. Distractions, prep work, organization and motivation are covered in sessions, with each completely tailored to the individual student.

Most Popular

Study Skills

Study Skills

After receiving two degrees with a 4.0 and 3.5 GPA, I have mastered secrets to study skills for the high school and college age student. Using the basic principals of project management (I have PM coursework completed) and organization (former professional organizer) and experience as a successful student, I am skilled at helping students understand the importance of setting study goals, organizing and following through. Distractions, prep work, organization and motivation are covered in sessions, with each completely tailored to the individual student.

Other

Marketing,

Marketing

Learn the Principles of Marketing geared toward the small and new businesses, Etsy and other entrepreneurs and self-employed. I have over 20 years of marketing experience and two successful individual businesses. Learn the importance of market research (and how to do it), how to use target marketing, social media, branding, networking and other techniques to help grow your business and be more successful.
Study Skills

Study Skills

After receiving two degrees with a 4.0 and 3.5 GPA, I have mastered secrets to study skills for the high school and college age student. Using the basic principals of project management (I have PM coursework completed) and organization (former professional organizer) and experience as a successful student, I am skilled at helping students understand the importance of setting study goals, organizing and following through. Distractions, prep work, organization and motivation are covered in sessions, with each completely tailored to the individual student.

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

After receiving two degrees with a 4.0 and 3.5 GPA, I have mastered secrets to study skills for the high school and college age student. Using the basic principals of project management (I have PM coursework completed) and organization (former professional organizer) and experience as a successful student, I am skilled at helping students understand the importance of setting study goals, organizing and following through. Distractions, prep work, organization and motivation are covered in sessions, with each completely tailored to the individual student.

Summer

Study Skills

Study Skills

After receiving two degrees with a 4.0 and 3.5 GPA, I have mastered secrets to study skills for the high school and college age student. Using the basic principals of project management (I have PM coursework completed) and organization (former professional organizer) and experience as a successful student, I am skilled at helping students understand the importance of setting study goals, organizing and following through. Distractions, prep work, organization and motivation are covered in sessions, with each completely tailored to the individual student.

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Ratings and Reviews


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Knows Her Stuff!

Cindy has everything you need to know and more about using the computer in developing your art. I would not hesitate to invest in her abilities to teach you what you want to know.

Carolyn, 1 lesson with Cindy

Very knowledgeable and patient with me!

I really enjoyed working with Cindy and look forward to our next session. I am not at all tech-savvy and she was so patient and ready to answer even the dumbest questions. She made it seem like I was doing well – very encouraging!

Kim, 2 lessons with Cindy

Committed and AMAZING!!

Cindy is a really good tutor; she listened to exactly what I wanted from the class and tailored all the session keeping that in mind. Because of her vast experience in the Design field and Adobe suite of tools in particular, she helped me identify the tool that would best suit my design needs. I totally recommend Cindy as a great tutor!

Shweta, 4 lessons with Cindy

Very Knowledgable

I met Cindy at a local Barnes and Noble. She was on time, and we got started right away. Very knowledgeable; we had a good 90 minute discussion. This was more of an informal lesson rather than something structured. Mostly my asking questions and Cindy showing how to perform the functions/tasks on her laptop. I would recommend Cindy to anyone that needs Photoshop expertise.

Jeff, 1 lesson with Cindy

Great Photoshop tutor

Cindy is great, solid understanding of Adobe Photoshop and helped me learn a great deal in only one session. Already scheduled for a second. If you just want to learn the basics or are struggling in an advanced technique course I highly recommend her.

Jim, 4 lessons with Cindy

Excellent instructor

Excellent session, as always. It's very difficult to learn anything about Photoshop from any of their books. No substitute for learning from someone who knows it well and teaches it well, too. Cindy's a great asset for this.

John, 8 lessons with Cindy

Great Tutor! Very easy to follow instructions and teaching style- patient

Cindy is a great tutor- I really liked her teaching style and her patience. Graphics are hard to learn, and she did a great job! I will definitely use her again!

Sunny, 3 lessons with Cindy

great

Cindy was the perfect tutor for me...she led me by the hand through very basic steps which i needed...she gave me tasks to work on that challenged my skill level...cindy is patient easy to be around and prompt with communications.

Dottie, 1 lesson with Cindy

Very good InDesign tutor

Cindy did a great job teaching me InDesign. She was patient, helpful and knowledgeable and made learning a much easier task than using a manual or a group effort. Thanks!

Dee, 1 lesson with Cindy

Great tutor, easy to follow along

This was my first introduction to Adobe Illustrator. Cindy did a great job of teaching me the tools and features I will most commonly use in my business application. With a little practice this has become my favorite design program to use. Thanks Cindy!

Traci, 2 lessons with Cindy

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