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Keynote Speaker at BOAT Superyacht Design Festival, Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy


Cynthia is an engaging speaker and a natural teacher, and offers online classes and live workshops.
She is available for in-person speaking engagements on the subjects of design, storytelling, creativity, and the entertainment arts.
Current offerings, more info, and sign-ups:

Cinematic Perspective Drawing for Visual Storytellers:

Through engaging examples from all areas of entertainment (including storyboarding, film, background design, comics, theme park design, and urban sketching), students learn the shortcuts to using perspective as a visual storytelling tool. They gain a broad understanding of the basics, how to use camera positioning and lens choices, and also how to imply perspective through common principles like like eye paths, scale, graphic simplification, and atmosphere.

Drawing for Film & Television: 

This class guides students through current entertainment design theories and practices to create well-thought-out compositions and environments that answer narrative needs, teaching them how to become powerful designers and storytellers for the entertainment industry.

Style for Entertainment:

Coming Soon... Keep an eye on Instagram for announcements!


Coming Soon... Keep an eye on Instagram for announcements!


 "Having taught at Art Center for over 34 years Cynthia remains among my most favored speakers... [She] excels at communicating and presenting her material enthusiastically and effectively, [and is] a reliable and confident speaker

to my students."

- Jim Heiman,  Executive Editor for TASCHEN America,

  Professor at Art Center College of Design, Designer, Illustrator, Author

"Cynthia has great technical knowledge, and contagious passion. She re-engaged me with my own creative side, is a pleasure to listen to and is very motivating to learn from. "

- Art Director at Undisclosed Studio,

  Student at Drawing America

"...She makes her subject accessible and engaging for the audience, and her passion for her art comes through in every sentence... The depth of her experience is undeniable and her ability to apply her knowledge to other disciplines

is fascinating to listen to.”

- John Leonida,  Consulting Superyacht Industry Advisor

   ex Partner Clyde & Co LLP

"Cynthia Halley has all the qualities of a fine teacher and artist. She has formidable skill and professional experience working at many major studios, and possesses the ability to patiently break down and clearly explain complex concepts and ideas to those who are new to the field."

- Will Weston, Professor at Drawing America,

   Previously Professor at Art Center College of Design  &

   Head of ACCD's Entertainment Arts Track

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