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!

Celebrating Día de los Muertos

Lower School Spanish teachers Poli Aparicio and Michelle Fuster joined forces with art teacher Molly Hurd to lead students in creating an ofrenda, or altar, celebrating Día de los Muertos. The Mexican holiday honors family members and other loved ones who have passed away. 

Pre-First students created skulls, while first graders crafted food. Second graders fashioned colorful paper banners, fourth graders worked on paper lanterns and fifth-grade students took charge of candles. “Students are excited to honor the lives of their families, pets and friends,” Aparicio says. 

Celebrating Our 2020 Underclassmen Arts Laureates

The move to virtual learning this past March threw a wrench in the visual and performing arts department’s plans to celebrate its 2020 Arts Laureates, selected by the arts faculty following an audition process. 

While Arts Laureates in the Class of 2020 showcased their work during a virtual presentation in May, underclassmen were recognized in virtual assemblies this week. Honorees created short videos in which they discussed their work or gave performances. Congratulations to sophomores England Meadows and Kate Romero; juniors Marielle Frooman and Lauren Smith; and seniors Jacqueline Cunningham, Katherine Khajavi, Jonny Sundermeier and Alivia Wynn.

Kallingal Joins ASYO Premier Ensemble

Sophomore Amartya Kallingal has been selected to participate in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO) for the 2020-2021 season. 

Under conductor Jerry Hou, the newly-created ASYO Digital Academy offers virtual masterclasses with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), studio classes and workshops in topics such as conducting and music theory. 

In addition, Kallingal has been invited to join one of four ASYO Premier Ensembles and to participate in live rehearsals and recording sessions at Atlanta Symphony Hall. The small ensembles ensure proper social distancing for performers. Congratulations, Amartya!