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!

On Dec. 7, students in Upper School English teacher Hayley Conroy’s creative writing class traveled to Big River Bindery to explore the art of bookbinding. The company conserves and repairs books and paper items, makes custom books and boxes, and prints using letterpress techniques.

Students participated in a workshop in which they saw how books have been printed, cut and bound over the centuries, and they learned a simple binding stitch so they can bind their own projects.

On Tuesday, Nov. 20, Middle and Upper School students enjoyed a behind-the-scenes look at creative careers in the entertainment industry at the Pace Arts Alliance’s All-Access Backstage Pass event.

During two special assemblies, a panel of industry professionals discussed opportunities in film and television and shared how traditional educations led to their successes in competitive, non-traditional fields. The panel, moderated by Pace parent, writer and producer Chrishaunda Lee Perez, included Pace parent and filmmaker Jason Perez, photographer Tina Rowden, costume designer Sarah Phillips Collins, and animator and creative director Matthew T. Maloney.

“We’re grateful to the Arts Alliance for organizing this inspiring and educational event, and to the panelists who reflected on their personal stories with our students,” says Visual and Performing Chair Sean Bryan.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Join our Visual & Performing Arts Department as chorus, band and strings students present their winter concerts.

The festivities begin on Thursday, Nov. 29, with the Upper School chorus concert at 7 p.m. The Lower, Middle and Upper School band concert will follow on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. Strings students from all divisions will take the stage on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m., and the Middle School chorus will perform Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.

All concerts will take place in the Fine Arts Center and are free and open to the public. Join us!

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Almost, Maine, who traveled to Thomaston, Ga., on Nov. 10, to compete in the GHSA One-Act state competition. Pace earned two ratings of Excellent and one Superior, and junior Madison Edwards and senior Jacob Sloman were named to the All-Star Cast.

“Our performers had the audience in the palm of their hand,” says Upper School Theatre Director Sean Bryan. “They did an amazing job!”

For the second year in a row, the cast and crew of the Upper School one-act play brought home the GHSA region title. Pace’s production of “Almost, Maine” traveled to Redan High School on Oct. 30 to participate in the region competition, where students’ first-place finish qualified them for state.

Several individual members of the cast received awards. Senior Annabelle Critz and junior Jackson Gray were named to the All-Star Cast, while sophomore Alivia Wynn received the award for Best Supporting Actress, and senior Jacob Sloman was named Best Actor.

The state competition will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Upson-Lee High School in Thomaston, Ga. Additional information is available here.