At Savannah Country Day, the Fine & Performing Arts program exposes students to visual art, general music, choral music, jazz band, theatre, 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.

Arts News

Eighth Grade Places First in JEA Holocaust Remembrance Art and Writing Contest

On the morning of May 16, the eighth grade class was presented with a check from the Jewish Educational Alliance (JEA) as a reward for winning first place in the Holocaust Remembrance Art and Writing Contest. The winning art piece is a collaborative watercolor work inspired by the Terezin Ghetto, in which each student chose an image, quote, or map that memorializes the Holocaust, and created individual scenes that were assembled to model "Exercise — color theory" by Hana Lustigová (1931–44), May 30, 1944.

Boone Wiesner was also recognized for placing in the writing contest. Congratulations, Hornets!!

Upper School Fine Arts Night

Yesterday’s Upper School Fine Arts Gallery & Performances was a celebration of the exceptional artistic talents of our Upper School students. From a gallery exhibit filled with ceramics, 3-D designs, paintings and more, to an auditorium showcasing our jazz bands, chorus, orchestra and theatre ensembles, these students brought down the house!

Guest Speakers in Middle School Drama

Middle School drama class welcomed guests from First City Films today for an "On-camera Film and Television Workshop.”

First City Films is owned and operated by Chip Lane and Angelique Chase. Both are actors, screenwriters, producers and have cast several feature films and commercials as well completing their own crime drama feature several years ago, Untouched.

Thank you to Chip and Angelique for sharing your expertise with our students!

Kehinde Wiley-inspired Art Show

Third-grade art students hosted an art gallery to show off their recent artwork to family and friends, followed by a reception outside of the art classroom.

After studying the work of portrait artist Kehinde Wiley, a Nigerian-American who is known for his large, vibrant, highly patterned paintings of African Americans (most notably, his 2018 portrait of Barack Obama), third graders emulated his unique style to create their own self-portraits.

Since Wiley’s paintings tend to express a sense of power — inspired by portraits of 15th- and 16th-century European noblemen — students were instructed to give their best “power pose,” resulting in photographs that were used to create these beautiful self-portraits!

Students Design New Arts Alliance Logo

Last semester, the SCDS Arts Alliance invited the fifteen students in Ms. Mulzer's Digital Art and Design class to create a new logo for the group. The class accepted the challenge and, using Macbooks purchased with Arts Alliance grants, presented great options for consideration. Jack Owen Myers '24 (pictured on right), produced the winning design, which will be featured on T-shirts and other promotional materials in the future. Alex DeFilippis '24 (picuted on left) was recognized for his artwork as well. All of the students were recognized at a recent assembly. Great job, Hornets!

The SCDS Arts Alliance has given a record amount of grant funding to the fine and performing arts faculty this school year. An inspiring Lower School art installation will be completed in the Morrison Pangaea Garden in coming months, curtains have been replaced in the Jelks Theater, and instruments and equipment are being added in all divisions including glockenspiels, sewing machines, saxophones, and storage cabinets for student artwork. Grants were also awarded to fund workshops with visiting arts professionals and to support two instrumental coaches to assist Mrs. Swart with strings instruction (grades 4-12).