Courses in art are offered at beginning and advanced levels in ceramics, woodworking, drawing and painting, photography, and other media. Dianne Bush, Madeleine Carolan, and George Mitchell, who teach most of the high school art classes, are also available to supervise independent projects. Student work is shown widely at the school and students are encouraged to prepare work for public exhibition. Art by Paideia students has been exhibited at the Piedmont Arts Festival, Colony Square, the High Museum, and in Washington, D.C.
Jesse Evans coordinates the drama program and teaches courses in acting and play writing. He also directs a couple of student productions each year. The Acting Troupe, a student organized and directed group, plans various presentations during the year. Recent performances include What’s Eating Katie, House of Blue Leaves, No Exit, The Dining Room and a musical revue.
Music and Chorus
The school offers classes in music in both the long and short terms and many Paideia students are distinguished in their individual musical pursuits. The chorus and madrigals groups meet during the school day as part of the regular schedule. In the past, members have competed successfully in statewide competitions and have given several performances a year, including fully-staged musicals such as West Side Story, Anything Goes, The Music Man, The Mikado , 42nd Street, Les Miserables, Into the Woods and Fiddler on the Roof. In addition, orchestra, jazz group and jazz ensemble are offered as year-long courses. Kate Murray, John Abert and Georgia Ekonomou teach the high school music classes. The musical is co-directed by Jane Harmon and Kate Murray.