Fine Arts

At Savannah Country Day, the Fine Arts program exposes students to visual art, general music, choral music, dance, jazz band, theater, drama, photography, orchestra, and technology-based visual arts. Much of the program is performance and studio–based, culminating in exhibits and performances by individual groups as well as performances and exhibits collaboratively produced by the whole department. Class instruction focuses on process, the enhancement of technical skills, communication, performance skills, art criticism, and aesthetic awareness with reference to historical and cultural perspectives. Instruction is augmented by supplementary reading, research, discussion, technology, and exposure to professional artists and performing groups.

Our talented Fine Arts instructors work to develop the student’s ability to access, interpret, and evaluate imagery, movement, and sound; develop visual/spatial/hearing intelligence; and to build a life-long appreciation and understanding of the arts. Both independent and ensemble work is encouraged to develop self-reliance and confidence and to offer opportunities for social interaction and ethical development. Opportunities exist for student growth through local, state, and national festivals; conferences; and competitions. Students are offered a variety of formal, expressive, and technical experiences with the arts in grades kindergarten through twelve, with traditional Fine Arts Nights serving as cumulative performance assessments.
Fine Arts News
The Sound Of Music Under the Stars
The Quad was alive with the Sound of Music!  For two nights, the SCDS Drama Department captivated audiences with a musical production of The Sound of Music... In the Quad!  Audience members gathered under the stars on blankets and chairs and enjoyed the talents of Hornet’s young and old. Congratulations to the talented and hardworking cast and crew on a FANTASTIC performance!

New York Diary: Travel Through The Big Apple With Senior Savannah Draud
Upper School art students recently went on an arts tour of New York City and Senior Savannah Draud ('15) was eager to share her first-hand experience of what this opportunity provided. Click here to read Savannah’s New York Journal and get a peek of the Big Apple through the eyes of one of our Hornets!

Sophmore Hannah Buchman Wins Shakespeare Competition
All the world’s a stage and our Upper School Hornets couldn’t agree more, as they took to Jelks to present their monologues for ESU National Shakespeare Competition. Each student selected a choice monologue from his or her favorite play, memorizing and performing to an audience of judges and their peers. The competition is presented by The English-Speaking Union and provides teachers across the country with a performance-based program for the study of English Language Arts and Shakespeare. Not only does the completion help students develop appreciation of the power of language in literature, but also it lets their talents shine in a multitude of ways and allows them to engage in the broader literary community. This year, we are proud to announce winner, Hannah Buchman! Hannah will compete at New Hamstead High School on March 3rd against other students from Chatham County. Congratulations to Hannah and to all who competed! 

Hornets Win Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
We are thrilled to announce that the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards were recently announced. SCDS racked up TWENTY ONE awards! The gold and silver winners will be featured in an exhibition at SCAD Atlanta from Feb 27- Mar 20. 

Jordan Henry (jpgs of winning work attached, photo credit to Sarah Horan)
Caroline Durham (Allison and Courtnay - Sarah will send a jpg of winning photograph)
Laura Critz (writing)
Caroline Durham (photo)
Dorothy Green (jewelry)
Brittany Hodges (architecture)
Merida Ma (architecture)
Will Sampey (architecture)
Melissa Villarreal (jewelry)
Kirby Wheat (jewelry)

Congratulations to these talented student artists. 

Upper School Chorus Featured At Savannah Youth Sings!
Our Upper School Chorus was one of the few schools featured at Savannah Youth Sings, Savannah’s Invitational Choir Festival. These hornets shined and wowed the crowd at The Lucas Theatre and performed among Artist-in-Residence, Craig Denison, as well as Savannah Children’s Choir, the Georgia Southern University Chorale, Garrison Arts, Savannah Arts Academy Skylarks, Windsor Forest High School Troubadours, Islands High School, Oglethorpe Charter School, Sol C. Johnson High School, and Southeast Bulloch High School Advanced Chorus. Each year, a new organization is selected to benefit from all donations from the night-of  the concert, and this year's beneficiary is Savannah Friends of Music. Country Day is proud to have participated in Savannah Youth Sings for the past few years and equally excited to continue to take part in the years to come!

Art in Squares
Art 101 students recently took on what appeared to be a daunting project—a large-scale celebrity portrait. After an intro into value, contrast and the full range of artist pencils, the students dove head first into the technique of grid enlargement. Each student was assigned one square of the grid to complete. After completing their individual section, the larger grid came together and the celebrity was revealed. An important takeaway for the students is that no drawing is too difficult if you break it down into small bites.

SCDS Wins Regional One Act Play Competition
On Saturday, October 18, the Upper School Advanced Acting Class traveled to Macon to defend their regional title in the GHSA One Act Play Competition. The group performed The Yellow Boat by David Saar and took home to top prize. Senior Davis Tate was named to the All-Star Cast.
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They will travel to Warner Robins on November 1 to compete for the state title. This is the third year in a row that SCDS has won the regional competition. Congratulations to director DJ Queenan and students Andy Paul, Kianna Maynard, Catherine Atkinson, Maya Hardrick, Davis Tate, Will Dismukes, Rares Cristian, Maya Patterson and Emma Huennekens.
Arts Alliance Video
Fine Arts Instructors
Ms. Kristin Mulzer
Upper School Art Teacher
Grades 9-12

Mrs. Jadde 'Jadde' Nolty
Lower School Strings Teacher
Grades 4-5

Mrs. Sharon Eswine
Lower School Art Teacher
Grades K-5

Mrs. Ann Jones
Middle School Art Instructor

Mr. Dennis 'DJ' Queenan
Middle & Upper School Theater

Mr. David Elliott
Jazz/Band Instructor

Mrs. Maaja Roos
Upper School Choral Director

Ms. Paula Swart
Strings Teacher

Mrs. Leah 'Leah' Nestor
Lower School Music Instructor