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!

Join the Upper School theatre department Oct. 22, 23 and 24 for She Kills Monsters, a play by Qui Nguyen. The comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games is Pace’s entrant into the 2019 Georgia High School Association’s (GHSA) One Act Play competition

Performances will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 22, and Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center. Tickets ($5) are available now at Then, on Thursday, Oct. 24, Pace will host the GHSA Region 5-AAA one-act festival and will be the first school to perform. Attendees must be seated by 10:25 a.m. for the 10:30 a.m. start time; no one will be allowed to enter after the performance has begun. The festival is free and open to the public.

She Kills Monsters, named one of NPR Ed’s top 10 most popular high school plays of 2019, is appropriate for students in the Middle School and older.  

On Sept. 4, Upper School visual-art students participated in a workshop with artist Nishiki Sugawara-Beda, an assistant professor of art at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

A native of Japan, Sugawara-Beda exhibits her work nationally and internationally and explores traditional Japanese art in her research. She shared with students the traditional method of making sumi ink and demonstrated basic calligraphy techniques. 

The Pace Academy Middle and Upper School theatre departments have revealed their 2019-2020 seasons. This year, the world’s most musical con man, the Knights Who Say “Ni,” homicidal fairies and scary-movie clichés will grace the Fine Arts Center stage.

The season kicks off with the Middle School play, The Hallmarks of Horror, a whirlwind tour through the horror-movie genre, which makes spine-chilling scenarios side-splitting. Performances will take place Oct. 3 and 4. 

On Oct. 22 and 23, the Upper School will present She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen, a comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, and Pace’s entrant into the Georgia High School Association’s One Act Play competition. The Upper School’s annual Winter Showcase, an evening of student-written and directed pieces and scenes from well-known productions, will hit the stage Jan. 24 and 25 at 7 p.m.

Spamalot, Monty Python’s musical parody of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, will gallop into the Fine Arts Center Feb. 20-22, and the Upper School spring musical, Meredith Wilson’s beloved Broadway classic The Music Man, will begin its run on April 2. The season will come to a close on April 17 at the Middle School’s Sketchy Improv!, half prepared sketch comedy and half unscripted improv hilarity. 

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Following an extensive audition process, eighth-grade violinist Amartya Kallingal has been selected as a member of the 2019-2020 Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO).

Established in 1974, the ASYO provides Atlanta's most talented and dedicated students an outlet to perform masterworks. The elite group will present several concerts throughout the year. Congratulations, Amartya!

Eighth-grader Belle Divine, one of this year’s Middle School Arts Laureates, is among 10 finalists, ages 13-15, selected to participate in the American Harp Society’s 23rd National Competition.

The 2019 competition will be held at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in June. Congratulations and good luck, Belle!