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 work of Pace’s talented visual art faculty in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools is on display in the Fine Arts Center through March 6.

Escape the rain and cold and stop by to see pieces by Donice Bloodworth, Carla Contreras, Katy Cowles, Molly Hurd, Mark Knott, Anna Murphy and Jennifer Wilson

We’re less than a week away from Knight of Jazz, a collaboration between the Upper School band, vocalists and visiting clinicians. Join the performing arts department on Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center for a rocking good time! 

The first portion of the program will feature our traditional jazz band performing old jazz standards. The full band will take the stage for the second half of the show and perform music one might hear at Mardi Gras.

Director of College Counseling and singer extraordinaire Jonathan Ferrell will perform alongside student vocalists and Bruno Mars Band trumpeter Jimmy King. The family-friendly performance will conclude with a Mardi Gras parade, complete with beads and MoonPies! Laissez les bons temps rouler! 

Twenty-three Upper School students and faculty advisors Sean Bryan, Donna Pottorff and Scott Sargent traveled to Columbus, Ga., to participate in the 2020 Georgia Thespian Conference from Feb. 6-8.

The event brought together more than 5,000 drama students from all over the state for three days of workshops, productions and showcases. Pace students also participated in acting and tech competitions and came away with outstanding results. 

Senior Lauren O'Sullivan earned an Overall Superior rating in the Costume Design category, and senior Tyler Kelly received Overall Superior and Critics Choice ratings for Costume Construction. Overall Superior and Critics Choice ratings also went to the acting ensemble of freshman Jeb Bring, sophomore Allie Campbell, junior Olivia Ullmann and senior Andrew Miller for their performance from Enter Laughing