Fine Arts

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The Fine Arts curriculum provides a creative, relevant, and rigorous approach to the arts. Students engage in a variety of creative opportunities, igniting a life-long passion for the arts. The sequential study of arts from Pre-K through 12th grade equips students with the technical skills and artistic knowledge they need to be culturally informed.


Fine Arts at Frederica Academy encompass the following disciplines: 


Performing Arts


Instrumental music

Vocal Music

Drama and Stagecraft

Music History and Appreciation


Visual Arts






Art History and Appreciation


Digital Media Arts


Yearbook Design / Production


Graphic Arts

Digital Filmmaking

Tess Nielsen

Frederica Academy 

Director of Fine Arts


Email Tess Nielsen

(912) 638-9981 ext. 765

Little Shop of Horrors (The Musical)

Spring Musical: "Little Shop of Horrors"

All roles open to Upper and Middle School Students


Show Dates:

Thursday, March 26, 7:00 PM

Friday, March 27, 7:00 PM

Sunday, March 29, 2:00 PM Matinee


 Mandatory After School Tech and Dress Rehearsal Dates: March 6-25, 2020


Audition Dates:

  • Wednesday November 6, 3:20-4:00 PM
  • Thursday November 7, 3:20-4:00 PM
  • Friday November 8, Call Backs (if needed) 3:20-4:00 PM


Location: Parker Room / Dyer Room in the Fine Arts Bldg.

Performing Arts

Performing Arts

Lower School

The Lower School performing arts curriculum is based on Orff methods integrating music, movement, and creative dramatics. In 2nd grade, students learn to play mallet instruments, such as xylophones and glockenspiels. In 3rd and 4th grade, students begin formal training in string, woodwinds, brass, and percussion instruments, as well as vocal arts. In 5th grade, students focus on drama and Musical Theater. Lower School students perform regularly at division-wide assemblies and community events.

Middle School

The Middle School performing arts sequence develops students’ musical fluency through ‘learning by doing.’ In 6th and 7th grade, instrumental and vocal music instruction continues in chamber orchestra and modern band. Students build upon music notation skills to facilitate songwriting and composing. In 8th grade, students participate in Choral Dramatics, combining Music Theater, stagecraft, and vocal arts. Students may elect to participate in “Odyssey of the Mind,” a problem-solving improvisational troupe. Middle Schoolers may also join the Middle-Upper School Spring Musical.

Upper School

The Upper School performing arts sequence offers a variety of required and elective courses to meet students’ interests, as well as to challenge students at advanced levels. Audio-Video technology tools are integrated into the coursework.


Upper School Performing Arts Courses include: Applied Music Instruction, Music Industry, Modern Band, Theater Arts I: Drama Focus,  and Theater Arts II: Music Theater and Vocal Focus

Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Lower School

In the Lower School, visual arts are taught in ways that foster artistic growth and self-expression. Instruction at each grade level includes two-dimensional and three-dimensional art, as well as art history. Students learn the foundation of visual arts as they work with a variety of forms and formats. The Lower School art room is specifically equipped with appropriate-level materials and tools. Students connect the arts with interdisciplinary and community outreach projects.

Middle School

At the Middle School level, the visual arts sequence advances the principles of art with continued emphasis on Art History, color theory and design. The curriculum provides opportunities to explore drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking, graphic arts, photography, and sculpture. Curricular projects as well as extracurricular and competitive opportunities are designed to meet the readiness, interests, and learning profiles of adolescents. 

Upper School

In the Upper School, students follow a sequence of required and elective arts courses to continue their artistic and creative growth. Grounded in STEAM techniques, students may build a program of arts study individually tailored to their interests.  Semester-long classes cover drawing, painting, printmaking and ceramics, so that students develop a rich portfolio of two dimensional and three dimensional works. Art History is offered to integrate the study of World history and cultures.


Courses include: Studio Art I, Studio Art II, Studio Art III, and Art History

Digital Media Arts

Digital Media Arts

Middle School Graphic Arts allows students to explore the fundamentals of media creation. Students work with various digital media as well as elements and principles of design. Taught in a Mac Lab, Students use iMovie, Garageband and online tools to create, manipulate, and analyze digital artworks. Middle School students build skills in photo editing, logo creation, and website design as they manage short and long term projects.

The Upper School Digital Journalism and Yearbook class offers opportunities for photography, media arts production, writing and editing, as well as mastery of Adobe Creative Cloud software. The final project is the school Yearbook. Media Arts is an elective course that allows students to explore the fundamentals of media creation, including pre-production, storyboarding, content management and working with production teams.