“Trust the Journey” by Debi West

“Trust the Journey: The Mixed Media of Life,” an exhibit of works by artist and educator Debi West, will on display at Art League Academy June 6-29.

An opening reception to meet the artist will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. June 15 at the gallery, 106 Cordillo Parkway on Hilton Head Island.

Both events are free and open to the public.

West has been teaching through the visual arts for more than 30 years, specializing in K-12 art education, arts integration, curriculum writing, and project-based learning.

Nationally board certified and a leader in the field, West has been recognized multiple times as Art Educator of the Year and Teacher of the Year throughout her tenure of 24 years in Gwinnett County Public Schools, Ga.

“Debi’s experience makes her a wonderful teacher for students of all ages here at Art League,” said Amy Wehrman, Art League Academy manager. “We’re excited to share her work and encourage all generations to dig in and create.”

Now living on Hilton Head, West currently works as an artist, educator, keynote speaker, consultant, and writer, striving to bring arts integration to the forefront of education. “I want to bring my innovative teaching and leadership styles and experiences to teachers, students, districts, art education associations, and universities across the nation,” she said. “I know first-hand that hands-on learning equals authentic retention.”

West will also be offering five individual three-hour workshops, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., during June and July designed for all levels of students.

“Paint Your Pets” will be held from June 10. Students may paint or draw in their medium of choice while West give tips and techniques to make it playful but fantastic.

“Mixed Media Magic” will be offered from June 24. Students will explore new media and learn some secrets of using a variety of media in this low-pressure class.

On July 6, West will teach “Gelli-Printing 101,” teaching students how to use Gelli plates to print abstract work.

“Creative Collage” on July 23 will teach students to focus on composition, color, value, lines, shape and negative space to create a one-of-a-kind collage.

“Oil Pastels: surrealistic Landscapes” will dive into the medium of oil pastels on July 29. West will give tips to take students’ art to the next level.

Art League Academy is open Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, visit artleaguehhi.org/academy or call 843-842-5738.