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!

As part of our longstanding partnership with Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Pace will host photographer Nathalie Daoust’s Korean Dreams Oct. 1-30 in the Fine Arts Center.

The exhibit includes complex photographs that “probe the unsettling vacuity of North Korea… and [reveal] a country that seems to exist outside of time, as a carefully choreographed mirage.” Stop by to take in this powerful exhibit.

If you visit Ponce City Market this month, stop by Binders Art Supplies and check out photography by Upper School students India Behl, Mary Lawson Bring, Ann Rafeedie, Blaise Reyes, Patrick Thurman, Tanner Walton and Lily Wagoner.

Students’ work is on display as part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography’s ACP Open Exhibition, a pin-up show that “celebrates the democratic nature of photography.” An awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 12 p.m.

Tickets for the Upper School’s productions of Almost, Maine and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast are now on sale at

Almost, Maine, a whimsical comedy about love and loss, takes the stage Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 12 at 3:15 p.m. Performances of Beauty and the Beast are scheduled for Oct. 25, 26 and 27 at 7 p.m., and Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. 

Tickets for Almost, Maine are $5, while tickets for Beauty and the Beast are $10 for students and $20 for adults. Get yours before they’re gone!

The Middle School play, Darcy’s Cinematic Life, hits the stage next week. It’s the culmination of weeks of work by the cast, crew and Director Patrick Campbell.

“I know what you’re thinking—weird title, right?” Campbell says. “Well, here is what the story is about...”

Darcy, a 16-year-old in Chicago, struggles with issues that most teenagers deal with. What makes her unique, however, is that she experiences the events in her life as short movies, or “daydreams,” as her teacher calls them. Often these movies grow out of her desire to fit in and be accepted, but during a class trip to a museum—complete with romance and an evil nemesis—Darcy finds her way as a result of her intelligence and her unwillingness to change who she is just to fit in.

“The best thing about this show is that its message doesn't hit you over the head,” Campbell says. “It's just a story about a girl and her world—a seriously comic adventure.”

Performances are Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. The production is free and open to the public.

It’s an exciting fall for Upper School theatre! The department will present two productions: Almost, Maine, a whimsical comedy about love and loss, on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 12 at 3:15 p.m.; and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, scheduled for Oct. 25, 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. Due to popular demand, an additional performance of Beauty and the Beast has been added on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m.!

Online ticket sales for both shows will begin on Friday, Sept. 28, at Tickets for Almost, Maine are $5; tickets for Beauty and the Beast are $10 for students and $20 for adults.