Fine Arts

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.

Fine Arts News
Aluminum Can Cameras!
The students in Mr. George's Photography class have been busy creating pin-hole cameras made out of recycled aluminum cans that they will dispurse throughout campus.  The cameras will be mounted up in trees and will include a sheet of light-sensitive paper that will take a series of unique, interesting images that will be combined at the end of the quarter to create a snapshot of life at Country Day. What a fantastic and unique project for our Photography students!

Future Architects?
To expand on their studies of Linear Perspective, Kristin Mulzer's Art 101 students have been seen all over campus using the buildings to inspire their drawings.  The students have been sketching buildings on campus in 1 and 2-point perspective -- a type of drawing that is often used by Architects, Landscape Architects, Interior Designers, Industrial Designers, and Engineers.  What a great way to take advantage of our beautiful campus! 

Jazz Band Rocks out at Jazz Festival
On Sunday, September 22, the SCDS Jazz Band kicked off the Savannah Jazz Festival in Habersham Village to a crowd of about 200 slightly damp fans.  Soloists, vocalists and the entire band put on a fantastic show!  Congratulations to Dave Elliott and all of the Country Day Jazz Band students! 

Jazz Ensemble Opening Performance at the Savannah Jazz Festival!
The Savannah Country Day School Jazz Ensemble is honored to be selected as the opening performance at the 32nd Savannah Jazz Festival! Make sure to head out to Habersham Village on Sunday, September 22 at 2pm to support your Hornets!  Click here to see a full schedule of events.

Ceramics Students Help Feed the Hungry
In an effort to give back to the community, students in Kristin Mulzer's Ceramics class have been creating handmade bowls for the Empty Bowl Event at the Emmaus House Soup Kitchen.  The event recognizes the organization's 30 years of service to the homeless and hungry of Savannah. The students hope to contribute 45 bowls to the event, with the proceeds directly assisting the needs of the community. Click here to learn more!

It's Not too Late!
It's not too late to join the Arts Alliance!  The Arts Alliance provides a forum for parental involvement and support of Savannah Country Day School Fine Arts programs, to provide financial support for approved Fine Arts program projects and amenities, and to increase the awareness of the school’s Fine Arts programs both inside and outside the Savannah Country Day School family. Click here to view a video on what the Arts Alliance is all about and click here for the membership form. 

Artwork on Display at Children's Hospital
Congratulations to our Middle School art students! Several pieces were selected for display at the Children's Museum at Memorial University Medical Center.
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