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!

The Upper School production of She Kills Monsters participated in the GHSA Class AAA state competition on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Monroe County Fine Arts Center and came away with fourth-place honors.

Seniors Madison Edwards and Jackson Gray were named to the All-Star Cast. Congratulations to Director Sean Bryan and the cast and crew of 31 Upper School students! 

For the third year in a row, the cast and crew of the Upper School one-act play brought home the GHSA Region 5-AAA title. Pace hosted the region one-act play festival on Oct. 24, and the school’s production of She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen placed first, qualifying for state.

Several members of the cast received regional awards. Junior Audrey Holton was named Best Female Actor; senior Matthew Quintana was Best Supporting Male Actor; and seniors Madison Edwards and Lauren O'Sullivan were recognized as members of the All-Star Cast. 

The state competition will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Mary Persons High School in Forsyth, Ga. Additional information is available here. Congratulations to Director Sean Bryan and the entire cast and crew! 

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.