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 Events

US One Act Play:
Oct 20 & 21
MS Musical:
Nov 3-5
MS Fine Arts Night:
Nov 16
LS Strings/Drama Performance:
Dec 2
Holiday Concert:
Dec 4
US Jazz Concert:
Dec 7
US Open Studio:
Dec 9
LS Music Performance: Dec 14
US Musical:
Feb 23-25
LS Strings/Drama Performance:
March 8
MS Play:
March 31 & April 1
US Fine Arts Night:
April 19
US Play:
April 27-29
MS Fine Arts Night:
May 10
LS Music Performance:
May 19

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Arts News

Drama Field Trip to SCAD

Last week Upper School Drama students spend the day at SCAD. While there, they participated in multiple acting workshops, visited Hamilton Hall film and sound facility, and enjoyed a tour of the SCAD XR Studios. It was a fun day of theatre and technology!

Upper School Band Trip


The US Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo traveled to Universal Studios Orlando to do a recording session in a professional studio. The band recorded the soundtrack, voice-overs, and sound effects for a portion of Despicable Me. Mr. Elliott arranged the music for the band. The sound crew at Universal was impressed with the level of performance and preparedness of our band students. While two hours had been allotted for the session, only 1 hour and 15 minutes was needed to complete the final product. This session provided the students with a unique look at the music industry that we do not offer at SCDS -- recording for TV and film. The students called the experience a WIN and want to do it again next year!

Lighted Luminaries

After learning the steps of Design Process, and a two-week course in Adobe Illustrator, Art and Design 400 students designed a luminary box with a focus on theme and positive/negative space. Students used the makerspace's new laser cutter and learned basic woodworking techniques to bring their ideas to life. Stop by Mingledorff Hall to see these creative pieces on display.

Fourth Graders Scope out SCAD

We are so fortunate to live in a city with an abundance of learning opportunities at our fingertips! Fourth graders took a field trip to the SCAD Museum of Art to explore its exhibits and get their creative juices flowing!

Art and Design Field Trip

Upper School's Art and Design class took a field trip to Benedetto Guitars on Friday. The shop's customer relations manager, Jackson Evans, discussed the history and physics of a jazz guitar, and the students went to the shop to see where/how they are made.