Arts at Pace
Welcome to Pace Academy Arts!
There’s just something about escaping into a character, really feeling the music or translating the image in your head onto canvas. In all of its forms, art introduces new perspectives, presents exciting challenges and encourages students to THINK BIG.
At Pace, we provide the highest level of artistic experience and knowledge, and we embed study of the visual and performing arts in our curriculum at every level. It begins with introductions to art and music in the Lower School, where students participate in class plays, our annual holiday program and, in the fourth and fifth grades, join our band, chorus or strings ensembles.
Our offerings expand in the Middle School as young artists explore new mediums through visual art courses, participate in drama, play in the band or orchestra or sing in the chorus. Extracurricular activities offer additional outlets for students to discover their artists passions and hone their talents.
Upper School students further specialize in the visual arts with courses in photography, ceramics, drawing, painting and sculpture. Or, they pursue band, chorus, strings, acting and stagecraft in the performing arts. Advanced Placement classes in art history and music theory provide additional opportunities to develop expertise—knowledge and experiences we encourage students to leverage in the college-application process.
Our teachers are committed to delivering positive personal feedback as part of the learning process. They encourage students to explore and experiment in the arts, to find and pursue their passions. We emphasize process and tradition while remaining current with pedagogy within each discipline. Over time, expanding performance and visual arts opportunities provide outlets to share talents both within and outside the Pace community.
We’re proud of our artistic traditions, and we’re sure that every student will find a place in the arts!
Dr. Danny Doyle
Visual & Performing Arts Chair
Every December, Lower School students share the Hanukkah and Christmas stories with the Pace community through Light One Candle. This beloved school tradition celebrates its 27th anniversary this year.
A performance for parents, grandparents, siblings and other relatives will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 1 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center. Lower School parents are invited to a performance on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. Those unable to attend may watch the Thursday evening performance live via KnightFlix at knightlife.paceacademy.org/knightflix. Happy holidays!
What a semester for the Upper School drama department! Over the weekend of Nov. 11—the same weekend the Upper School staged Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat—15 students traveled to Warner Robins High School to help with the GHSA State One-Act Competition.
"The student crew unloaded a U-Haul, built the set, cheered on the actors, ran the show, tore down the set, loaded it back on the U-Haul and rode back to Pace so they could perform in the fall musical that night!" says Upper School Theatre Director Sean Bryan. "From 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., these students were selfless, congenial and supportive. We performed all of our fall productions in one day! While the production did not place at state, I feel that we succeeded as a department."
To add to the inspiring weekend, the Drama Club collected donations for Broadway Cares: Equity Fights Aids and raised $563.69 dollars!
"Thank you, Pace community, for supporting and checking in about our achievements," says Bryan. "Now get ready for spring semester!"
The cast of the Upper School's one-act play, Anton Chekhov's The Brute, participated in the GHSA Class AAA region competition on Oct. 19. The production earned the competition's top prize, and senior Paige Demba was named to the GHSA All-Star Cast.
The cast will take its show on the road again to compete at the state level on Saturday, Nov. 11, in Warner Robins, Ga. Congratulations to the cast and crew!
Performances take place in the Fine Arts Center tonight at 7 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m. Admission is free.
Cheer on the Lady Knights in the Area Championship volleyball game tonight, then stick around to watch the show!
Pace is proud to partner with Atlanta Celebrates Photography's 2017 festival, the largest annual community-based photography festival in the U.S.
As part of the festival, With Animals, a collection of 50 images by photographer Willard Pate, is on display now through Oct. 30 in the Fine Arts Center. The images capture interactions between animals and human beings in Cuba, Brazil, Peru, Argentina and England.
A closing reception will take place on Friday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Please stop by the Fine Arts Center to see the show!