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

Arts News

Upper School English teacher Ricks Carson will retire this spring following 40 years of service to Pace Academy. To celebrate his career, the Woodruff Library will host a reading of Carson's poetry tonight at 7 p.m. in the library's Memar Reading Room.

Carson, a member of the Georgia Poetry Society's Side Door Poets, has published nearly 100 poems in university literary magazines, anthologies and online journals. He will read a selection of poems on topics including his Pace experiences, his personal life and Atlanta. Light refreshments will be served. Please join us as we celebrate this Pace legend!

Congratulations to seniors Ben Bernstein, Isaiah Kelly, Zoe Malloy and Justin Morris; juniors Lawson Stricker, Drew Schiffer and Billy Snyder; and sophomore Ryan Kann, whose work was selected for the Georgia High School Ceramic Arts Awards & Symposium.

The highly selective exhibit features approximately 125 ceramic pieces by students from across the state. Awards will be announced at the symposium, which will take place March 24 at Piedmont College in Demorest, Ga.

On March 1, the Lower School recognized outstanding student-artists during its annual Knights of the Arts assembly. Knights of the Arts nominees were chosen by their peers and teachers for exhibiting excellence, dedication and passion in one or more areas of the arts, including, but not limited to, dance, visual art, drama and music.

Congratulations to the 2018 Knights of the Arts: Pre-First students Emmie Chung and Owen Sebel; first-graders Hudson McDonald and Julia Lanier Groves; second-graders Jack Spires and Keiden Brown; third-graders Kylie Newberg and Ian Belinfante; fourth-graders Grace O'Bryan and Matthew Skop; and fifth-graders Caleb Amar, Eve Weizenecker, Anna Kate Howell and Chas Arnold.

Director of Middle School Drama Patrick Campbell's sixth- and seventh-grade drama classes heard from actor J.D. Posey earlier this week.

A Texas-based artist with experience in production as well as commercial, television, film and stage acting, Posey shared with students the importance of hustle and grit in acting—and in any profession students might choose to pursue.

Over the weekend of Feb. 9, six Upper School students competed in the Georgia Thespian Conference, an event that brought together more than 5,000 drama students from all over the state. Students attended multiple workshops, four productions and two major showcases. Pace students also participated in acting and tech competitions and came away with amazing results.

Sophomore Lauren O'Sullivan earned an Overall Superior rating in the Costume Design category, while ratings of Overall Excellent went to juniors Ania Briscoe and Raina Williams (Acting); juniors Abby Ray, Emily Schmitt and Williams (Musical Theatre); and sophomore Julia Kelly (Costume Construction).

Each year, students from across the U.S. submit work to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.

Gold Key winners' work will be displayed in Savannah and automatically entered into the national competition.

Pace students honored with 2018 Scholastic Awards are:

Gold Key

Abby Ray, photography
Molly Richardson, photography (pictured)

Silver Key
Grace Dwyer, writing portfolio
Sophie Lettes, photography
Zoe Malloy, painting
Justin Morris, poetry
Luke Moussa, poetry
Abby Ray, photography (3)
Molly Richardson, photography (2)
Alex Tolliday, photography portfolio, photography
Lily Wagoner, photography

Honorable Mention
Catherine Brennan, comic art
Grace Dwyer, poetry (4)
Carter Ferguson, photography
Julia Gray, poetry
Elizabeth Marr, poetry
Chris McCaffrey, poetry
Justin Morris, ceramic sculpture
Luke Moussa, poetry
Reilly Murtaugh, poetry portfolio
Molly Richardson, photography portfolio, photography (2)
Drew Schiffer, sculpture

Mark your calendars and join the Upper School concert band, vocal soloists and ensembles for the sixth annual Knight of Jazz. The free concert will take place Tuesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center and will feature a variety of jazz favorites. It's an evening you don't want to miss!

Guest artists from the band Mango will once again join the Pace performers on stage. Mango lead singer Ian Bruh is already working with our vocalists, while the group's jazz trio and musical director Paul Garrett are collaborating with our musicians. Please note: This event was previously scheduled for Feb. 27.

Well, as you can see from the photo, costumes are coming together for the production of The Lion King Jr. In order for our students to give as good of a performance as possible, Pace hired Atlanta costume designer Emmie Tuttle to make the show look amazing (with parent help, of course).

In total, there are 101 different costumes, or looks, in the show. Would you believe some costume changes in the show have to occur backstage in less than a minute! One change involves wearing and balancing a seven-pound, two-foot long headdress while dancing. I wish we could go on about our choreographers and music director too, but there just isn't room in school news this week.

These kids are working so hard to get the show ready, why would you not see it?

"This year I really pushed the students with more difficult dancing, larger than life puppets, and intricate costumes. They have really risen to the challenge. When I say epic, I mean it because the kids have brought it to that level," Mr. Campbell says.

Shows are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale right now - Reservations are STRONGLY recommended, as we cannot guarantee there will be seats available at the door.

Each year, our talented visual arts teachers join forces to present the Art Faculty Exhibit. The collection of works by Donice Bloodworth, Katy Cowles, France Dorman, Susan Edwards, Laura Inman, Mark Knott, Anna Murphy and Scott Sargent and will run Feb. 12-26 in the Fine Arts Center.

On. Jan. 25, the second grade presented its play, Earth, We're in This Together. The production was created with this year's Isdell Center for Global Leadership theme of CONSERVATION in mind. Students presented fun facts, poems, songs, dances and even jokes about conservation, animals and the protection of animal habitats all over the world, and enjoyed sharing their knowledge with the entire Lower School.