About the Author

Debi West

Debi West, Ed.S, NBCT, and WESTpectations Educational Consulting owner, is a retired art educator with over thirty years of teaching experience. This includes twenty-four years of teaching children through the visual arts in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Debi has taught at both the elementary and the secondary levels. She spent her career using project-based learning, art with purpose theories, and integrated instruction with the commitment of ensuring that every student became a successful and authentic learner.

Debi West has written and published over 150 articles for Arts & Activities magazine, School Arts magazine, and the Art of Education University, where she currently teaches online graduate courses. She has been featured in five art education books and has written eight teaching resource guides. She is a leader in the field of art education, working tirelessly with the National Art Education Association as elected former Southeastern Vice President and Southeastern Division Director at both the elementary and secondary levels. Debi West has also served as the former President, Youth Art Month chair, business rep, and conference coordinator for the Georgia Art Education Association. She has presented more than eighty workshops, keynotes, and presentations regionally and nationally. Her visual art has been exhibited in numerous galleries, and she is currently working on her jewelry-making skills and is featured in several upcoming art festivals.

Debi has received numerous awards throughout her career, including the recent 2021 National Emeritus Art Educator, National Elementary Art Educator, National Southeastern Secondary Art Educator, National NAHS Sponsor of the year, the NAEA Marion Quin Dix Leadership award, and was a top ten contender for Georgia Teacher of the Year, representing Gwinnett County Georgia as their 2005 Teacher of the Year. She proudly dedicates these awards to the thousands of students she has been honored to teach throughout the years.

Debi currently resides in Hilton Head, SC with her husband Chuck and is the proud mom of Croy and Carson.

Professional Achievements:

University of South Carolina Bachelor’s Degree (1989)

Moore College of Art and Design Degree (1992)

University of Georgia Master’s Degree (1999)

University of Georiga Education Specialist Degree (2004)

University of Georgia Doctorate Degree (2014)

Posts by Debi

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various student portraits
Media & Techniques

10 Portrait Projects to Build Skills and Creativity

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
Media & Techniques

A Creative Collage Lesson for All Students

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
student artwork in collage and painting

Celebrating Black History Month Through Art

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
hands wedging clay
Media & Techniques

A Step-by-Step Guide for Creating Clay Rattles

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
student working

How to Resuscitate Your Love of Teaching Using CPR

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
students observing work
Assessment Implementation

4 Reasons Critiques Need to Be Part of Your Curriculum

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
Curriculum Design

Everything You Need to Design the Perfect Intro to Art Course

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
student work
Assessment Design

A Creative Way to Combine Assessment and Artmaking

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
nature box
Curriculum Design

The Coolest Way to Teach Foreground, Middle Ground, and Background

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
studio space

How to Partner With Community Artists and Why It’s Important

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
art history stools

A Creative Way to Get Your Secondary Students Excited About Art History

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article
student work
Classroom Management

To Mark, or Not to Mark on Student Art, That Is the Question

Art of Education Magazine & Media Article