A local teacher with a passion for art offers group lessons for children
By Mandy Grisham
In the past few years, I have had the privilege of getting to know a wonderful woman, Regina Boyd, a 4th grade teacher at our neighborhood school, Peabody Elementary. Ms. Boyd and I have served together on the school’s Leadership Team for several years, and I’ve witnessed firsthand her leadership of the Peabody Picasso Art Club, even though she is not the art teacher! She is a classroom teacher with a passion for art, which has led her to organize the school’s annual Family Art Night where she invites local artists from around the Mid-South to share about their artwork with the families of Peabody in an effort to promote an awareness and appreciation of art. She has also taken art into the after-care program where she leads students on art adventures.
Ms. Boyd believes, as Picasso stated, “every child is an artist…,” and seeing this vision realized is her life’s purpose. Her dream, in addition to traveling to Paris for an art adventure of her own, is to open a community art center to provide creative and artistic opportunities to children who may not otherwise get the chance. Her favorite art styles are Impressionism, Fauvism, and Surrealism, and her favorite artists include Picasso, O’Keefe, Kandinsky, Matisse, and Turner.
Regina’s passion for art has developed into a side business she describes as a “traveling art studio.” She has named the business “artfully yours!” and states that she “offers hands-on, age-appropriate, discipline-based, art activities for 2-8 year olds.”
For the last few months, my church, Neighborhood Church, has asked Ms. Boyd to bring “artfully yours!” to our children once a month. The children, who are all under the age of 6, have loved creating art with her. One month they painted with marbles. Another month they created paintings using symmetry, which just happened to be what the kindergarteners were studying that week! Regina states, “I believe that I am only the catalyst, putting the ideas out there for the children. It’s amazing how they take the ideas and make them their own.” My own children, ages 2 and 5, have loved her art sessions and look forward to it every time.
Ms. Boyd would love to bring this traveling art studio to your playgroup, home school group, birthday party, or any group activity. She may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.