Teasley’s Night of the Arts gets kids thinking creatively
by Sally Litchfield
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Choir students at Teasley Primary School perform during the program, ‘How Does Your Garden Grow.’ The event on April 10 was a fundraiser for the arts at the school. <br> Staff/Jeff Stanton
Choir students at Teasley Primary School perform during the program, ‘How Does Your Garden Grow.’ The event on April 10 was a fundraiser for the arts at the school.
Staff/Jeff Stanton
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Deslynn Humphries, 7, is all smiles after mom Natasha Humphries presented her with a bouquet of flowers at Night of the Arts at Teasley Primary School on April 10.
Deslynn Humphries, 7, is all smiles after mom Natasha Humphries presented her with a bouquet of flowers at Night of the Arts at Teasley Primary School on April 10.
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Teasley Primary art teacher Melissa Tulman displays sample art work she created for students to go  by when creating their own work for the art sale at Night of the Arts at Teasley.
Teasley Primary art teacher Melissa Tulman displays sample art work she created for students to go by when creating their own work for the art sale at Night of the Arts at Teasley.
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Students at Teasley Primary School in Smyrna showcased their artwork at A Night of the Arts followed by the first grade musical, “How Does Your Garden Grow.”

The April 10 event was a fundraiser for the arts at the school.

Before and after the musical, parents had a chance to view their child’s artwork that was matted and framed. “We decided it would be nice to coordinate the whole thing as a special night of the arts,” said Melissa Tulman, the art specialist at the school.

“We wanted to make it a special kind of show. We decided it would be special to have a framed piece of art especially for kindergarten since this would be their first major piece of artwork,” the Smyrna resident said.

The kindergarten students’ artwork was themed “Beautiful Birds.”

“We looked at birds. We talked about how birds are different from other animals — they have wings. They have beaks. They have feathers. Some birds fly,” Tulman said.

“The students drew their bird, water colored it, and added real feathers. Their birds are pretty spectacular,” she said.

The first grade based their artwork on the works of Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky.

“We saw that his work was as an abstract artist. We talked about abstract art being a takeoff from real,” she said,

Art serves an important purpose for students.

“Art is a no-threat area for children. There are children don’t do as well in the main classroom that thrive in the art room,” Tulman said. She has more than 35 years teaching experience.

“(Art) is good for children’s mental development, social development and their physical skills with cutting and pasting and doing all that. It gives them a creative outlet. It expands their whole world to be able to appreciate nature and colors and where everything comes from. It’s so vital to their entire education. You just can’t live on academics alone,” she said.

Art incorporates other subjects. “Art takes in other disciplines like math with folding and science with mixing colors and history such as art history. It ties in literature with artwork and books. Art is an expansion of what they do in the classroom but in a much more creative way,” Tulman said.

Teasley Primary School is at 3265 Brown Road, Smyrna. For more information, visit cobbk12.org/teasley/ or call (770) 437-5945.

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