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!

Three Upper School student-artists received Honorable Mention recognition in this year’s Georgia Ceramic Arts Awards, which took place at LaGrange College.

The following students were recognized at an awards ceremony on March 9: senior Conor Hartman (ceramic teapot), senior Lawson Stricker (ceramic sculpture) and junior Sasha Ratliff (ceramic sculptural vessel, pictured).

Junior Tanner Walton has received a National Silver Medal for photography in the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The award-winning image, A Ride Through Delhi, earned a Gold Key at the regional level of the competition to advance to national judging. Walton took the photograph this past summer on an Isdell Center for Global Leadership study tour to India. 

On Feb. 28, 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 2019 Knights of the Arts: Pre-First students Emerson Newberg and Mason Gavric; first-graders Trace Dexter and Nora Partin; second-graders Millie Rodbell and Jack McDaid; third-graders Finn Walsh and Estelle Levitt; fourth-graders Marin Smith and Seb Langford; and fifth-graders Jake Haggman, Kate Leach, Doyle Rona, Dominic Hantula and Angelika Avdyeyeva.

Middle and Upper School strings students will present their annual POPs concert on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center.

Under the direction of strings instructor Tara Harris, students will perform selections such as Happier by Marshmellow, rock classic Smoke on the Water and, from the hit musical Hamilton, My Shot, featuring junior Allie Appel. The evening also will include a guitar feature by senior Jack Thomson. The concert is free and open to the public.

Twenty members of the Upper School theatre department participated in the 2019 Georgia Thespian Conference, “ThesCon,” in Columbus, Ga., Feb. 6-8. More than 5,000 students from all over the state attended the event, which included theatre productions, workshops led by theatre professionals, individual performance and tech events and opportunities to meet with college representatives from around the country.

Each participating school is permitted to compete in a limited number of events, and when all was said and done, Pace students earned rankings of Good (1), Excellent (4) and Overall Superior (1). Junior Lauren O’Sullivan (pictured) brought home Pace’s top prize for her costume design of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

“I’m so proud of the work that Lauren achieved,” says Upper School Theatre Director Sean Bryan. “Her ability to articulate a design is beyond impressive, and her steampunk concept received rave reviews from all three judges.” O’Sullivan will advance to the national ThesCon competition, which will take place in Nebraska in June.