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!



Save the Date for the Middle School Play 

On Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m., the Middle School drama department’s first production of the school year will grace the Fine Arts Center stage. Help Desk, a play by Don Zolidis, takes a hilarious look at customer service calls—when you call the help desk, you're looking for a solution, but your problems might just be beginning. 

From asking for help with a credit card charge to therapy puppets, this show—only the fourth production of the play ever—tackles it all. Middle School drama is all about fun, and our performers plan to bring it with their season theme: #bringjoy.

Given COVID-19 protocols, only parents and siblings of the cast and crew may attend and must wear masks at all times. Those unable to see the show in person are invited to watch it live online (link to come) for FREE! So save that date and tune in for Help Desk—and if you haven’t joined the Arts Alliance, now is the time to do so to help support programs like this. Join now.

On April 30, senior artists in our advanced studio art and independent study classes, as well as those selected as 2020 Arts Laureates and GHSA Literary Meet participants took part in a virtual showcase, which also included a tribute to the spring musical, The Music Man, as well as a musical selection from the show.

The Senior Spring Arts Assembly, hosted by Visual and Performing Arts Chair Sean Bryan, featured seniors Allie Appel, Emerson Barrett, Mary Lawson Bring, Robert Cushman, Austin Fuller, Anna Jordan, Maya Kaplan, Blaise Reyes, Nikki Rubin, Emma Shelton, Lauren Stebbins, Claire Wierman and Zoe Williams

You can watch the event and view visual artists’ senior portfolios at www.paceacademy.org/spring-arts

Throughout the week of April 27, the Middle School celebrated its 2020 Arts Laureates during virtual morning assemblies. Congratulations to sixth-graders Angelika Avdeyeva and Kate Leach; seventh-graders Peter Davis and Livie Lynch; and eighth-graders Carly Cannon and Elsie Middleton.

You can view students’ performances and presentations at www.paceacademy.org/spring-arts