Jeffrey Cullen-Dean / The Newnan Times-Herald
Members of the Newnan-Coweta Art Association donate art supplies to the art department at Newnan High School.
The Newnan-Coweta Art Association donated art supplies, cleaning supplies and picnic tables to the art department at Newnan High School on Tuesday.
Rae Duncan, director and chair of NCAA scholarships, said she had contacted high schools in Coweta County to find out what they needed. But when hearing from the NHS art department, Duncan said she became much more aware of the impact the March 26 tornado had on the school’s art classes.
After the tornado damaged two of the school’s art rooms, the NHS art classes were moved to a room divided in two, thanks to a temporary wall. Picnic tables and chairs have been placed outside for pupils to spread out more, said Heather Corley, an art teacher at the NHS.
She responded to Duncan, listing some items the department was missing after the tornado.
“Right now, with COVID and the tornado, teachers are buying a lot of their own cleaning supplies, and we’ve completely lost two of our art rooms – one of them being the pottery room. not even going in and out of anything. So we lost 100% of our pottery except our kilns and we lost another piece. We lost half of our pieces, “Corley said .
Items requested included markers, fine point Sharpies, paper towels, acrylic paintbrushes, disinfectant wipes and Pine-Sol cleaner.
Corley said she only requested one picnic table, but the NCAA gave three.
“When they asked for one or something, we gave the multiple,” said Teresa Foshee, NCAA vice president. “We are happy to be able to help. We want to be able to promote the arts in Coweta County, so we are delighted to have the opportunity to do so.”
NHS students have found the opportunity to work outdoors to be beneficial for their art.
“It’s very relaxing. I love to draw outdoors,” said NHS student Kyla Perry. “For me, it makes drawing easier because you feel at peace with nature. It’s not as cold as inside.”
NHS director Chase Puckett said he was amazed at the NCAA’s support for the school’s art students.
“We are once again blown away by the support of our community and it means a lot to know that the local artists here are supporting our future NHS artists,” he said.