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!

Monty Python’s brand of surreal humor is definitely “not yet dead”—our Middle School performers are making sure of it. Monty Python’s Spamalot - School Edition will take the Fine Arts Center stage Feb. 20-22 at 7 p.m., encouraging audiences to “always look on the bright side of life.”

Pace Arts Alliance members may purchase tickets, available at, beginning Jan. 29. Faculty, staff and parents of students in the production may purchase tickets beginning Jan. 31. Ticket sales open to the general public on Feb. 3. 

Fans of Pace Arts are invited to the Upper School’s Winter Showcase on Friday, Jan. 24, and Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. Attendees will begin the evening in the Fine Arts Center and travel to specific locations around campus as our performing artists present scenes from various productions.

The Winter Showcase includes two original plays, written and directed by students, as well as work that Pace performing artists will present at the Georgia Thespian Conference in Columbus, Ga., next month. This year, more student-directors are participating than ever before. 

Admission is free and open to the public. No tickets required. 

Every December, Lower School students share the stories of Hanukkah and Christmas with the Pace community through Light One Candle. This beloved school tradition celebrates its 29th anniversary this year.

A performance for parents, grandparents, other relatives and siblings will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center. Lower School parents are invited to a performance on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. Save the date!