|Welcome to the Fine Arts department at Savannah Country Day. |
The center for creative, expressive, and meaningful learning.
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.
The arts curriculum reaches students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade in obligatory classes. Middle School students are required to take a full year of a fine arts discipline each year. Upper School students are required to have two semesters of fine arts for graduation. Opportunities exist all four years for both exploration and in-depth study in art and music through a variety of electives including advanced placement courses. The ensemble performs each semester and is often involved with school musical productions as choreographers and dancers.
Fine Arts students and faculty receive additional support from the Arts Alliance, a parent-formed and run organization that celebrates the arts at Savannah Country Day.
|Holiday Choral & Chamber Ensemble Concert|
On Saturday, December 6, the talented students of the Middle and Upper School Chorus and the Upper School Chamber Ensemble kicked off the holiday season with a beautiful night of holiday music and song. Thanks to all who came out for this memorable evening at St. Peter's Episcopal Church at The Landings.
|Nathaniel Hawthorne Gets a Modern Twist|
Spongebob Squarepants, Dr. Seuss, selfies, and Nathaniel Hawthorne? There couldn't be a better way to interpret that old classic, The Scarlet Letter. Students in Rena Patton's American Literature class performed their interpretation of one of the three scaffold scenes, giving us Hester Prynne in a whole new light. This is only the Second Annual performance of The Scarlet Letter on the Quad, but given the enthusiasm from the audience, we can't wait for the next one.
|Two Students Selected for National ACDA Honors Choir|
Congratulations to sophomore Kate Templeton and eighth grader Blake Thacher. These two talented students were selected for the National ACDA Honors Choir in Salt Lake City, Utah in February 25-28, 2015.
|Upper School Production of Enchanted April Delights Audiences|
For three nights in November, the cast of Enchanted April transported audience members to a secluded seaside castle in Italy. The Upper School production was based on Elizabeth von Arnim's 1922 novel that tells the story of four dissimilar English women who leave their damp and rainy environments to go on holiday. Congratulations to the entire cast for a “marvelous” show!
|Statewide Elementary Honors Chorus|
Congratulations to Ansley Keaton, Catherine Goodman, Sarah Coyle, Karlo Jukic and Reid Keller. These five students represented Country Day at the Statewide Elementary Honors Chorus in Tifton, Ga., on Saturday, November 15!
Orchestra teacher Paula Swart recently unveiled a new program at SCDS that provides opportunities for older student musicians to perform for their peers in concerts that are both educational and interactive. On the morning of Thursday, October 23, Upper School students performed for Mrs. Morgan’s second grade class. Rather than a typical performance, the younger students were encouraged to walk through the orchestra as they performed a piece by Tchaikovsky, and were instructed by orchestra members how to hold, pizzicato, and bow their instruments. Mrs. Swart hopes the “Giving Bach” program--originally started in California by orchestra teacher Richard Meyer—will flourish at Country Day.
|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.
|District Honors Choir|
Congratulations to the below choral students for representing Country Day at the District Honors Choir performance on Saturday, October 18. The performance at Armstrong State University featured the best high school and middle school singers in the district.
Anna Stone(9), Parker Grove(9), Kate Templeton(10), Becky Buelvas(11), Marcus Hardrick(11), Stephanie Prill(11), Dorothy Collins(12), Lucy Ma(11), Blake Thacher(8), Katherine Lemack(8) and Graham Glass(6).
|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.
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.
|Jazz Bands Kicks Off the 33rd Annual Jazz Festival|
For a second year in a row, SCDS was honored to kickoff the annual Savannah Jazz Festival. The Varsity Jazz Band performed on Saturday to a packed tent in Habersham Village. The 33rd Annual Jazz Festival is held by the Coastal Jazz Association and is a week-long celebration of jazz and blues.
|Middle School Enameling|
The Middle School students were eager to kickoff the school year with a creative and challenging project—enameling! Thanks to guest artist Jessica Duckworth for visiting campus to work with students to hone technique.
|Upper School Field Trip|
A recent field trip for the ART 400 class was especially meaningful as they took in the work of famed SCDS alumnus Jack Leigh ‘67. The exhibit, “Jack Leigh: Full Circle, Low Country Photographs” is the first museum survey of work by the photographer since his passing ten years ago. In addition to the exhibit at the SCAD Museum of Art, students also spent time at the Jepson Center.
|Chorus Retreats to Tybee|
An annual highlight for the Upper School choir is the Fall Retreat where students mix and mingle, making great memories through music. Apart from the usual singing and fun on the beach, there were moments that demonstrated the character of the group, including when the entire group rallied to encourage and support the students who tried out for solos (almost everyone!) and during Saturday night's talent show where the wide range of instrumental and vocal talents, enthusiasm, and camaraderie were on full display. The weekend also included the election of Choral Council officers: Regan Bowers, president, Gabby Lauretti, vice president, Maya Hardrick, secretary, and Becky Buelvas, publicity.
A huge thank you to Val Bowers for working out all of the logistics, the Templeton family for graciously lending their beach house for the weekend, Deborah Glenn for catching some fantastic moments on film, and to all of the parents that provided meals and snacks for the retreat. Big thanks to Leah Nestor, who came to help work sectionals with the group on Saturday, and to Michael Ray for overseeing the fun and festivities with his new students.