As children of a Creator Father, we have a capacity for creating. Art encourages observation and discovery of the beauty of God's creation, and helps students discover their own creative potential. Exposure to artists from various periods helps to inspire students in their own work and allows the opportunity to evaluate art based on principles of design learned in class. Assignments are manageable by students of all skill levels. By applying the elements of art (line, shape, color, texture, etc.) and the principles of design, students discover how to create aesthetically pleasing art work, and they learn how to "read" the work of other artists. Two dimensional art is the main focus through the use of various mediums: pencil, acrylics, watercolor, charcoal, and digital photographic images. Students are encouraged to enter their art in the Longview Museum of Fine Art Student Invitational each spring.
Through the use of drama, a student's imagination, concentration, and team-working skills are sharpened. The class incorporates pantomime and improvisation to enhance creativity, sensory awareness, and movement. Students learn about character development, how to use proper blocking and staging, and the importance of voice projection and diction. Students are involved in one-act plays, monologues, duet performances, expressive readings, and various skit exercises. Students are evaluated on classroom cooperation, performances, and preparation and memorization of projects. Students are also encouraged to be involved in the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Speech Meets and the TAPPS Academic/Speech Meets.
The musical arts program at Christian Heritage School exists to encourage students to discover and develop their God-given abilities and talents with excellence in order to glorify their Creator and influence their world for Christ. Students in grades 5 - 8 are given the choice of choir or strings classes to satisfy the fine arts requirement for those grade levels. In addition, CHS offers choir electives in grades 9 -12. An extra-curricular, non-credit string ensemble class is offered once per week for advanced string students.
The Rhetoric School choral program is committed to providing students with a wide range of musical experiences through both individual and group activities. Students are challenged to become confident, well-rounded musicians, possessing an appreciation for all kinds of music. All choral students are instructed in proper vocal/choral technique through a wide variety of music, including unison and part-singing, classical and contemporary, secular and sacred, small and large ensembles, and solo singing. A thorough study of sight reading skills is achieved through daily, progressive instruction using the Kodaly system of sol-feg. Students are given the opportunity to participate, both within a group and individually, in various choral/vocal competitions through the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) and Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) programs. In addition, non-competitive performance opportunities are offered throughout the year in the form of school/community concerts and musical theatre productions.
The Rhetoric School strings program is committed to providing students with a variety of muscial experiences through individual and group playing opportunities. All students in the strings program are instructed in the basics of musicianship (i.e. - good intonation, note reading, note writing) as well as the general discipline of what it means to be a member of an orchestral ensemble. Instructional repertoire includes, but is not limited to, the Muller-Rusch string method series, hymns, and other classical and sacred literature, employing both unison and two-part harmony playing. The Suzuki system is used with beginning strings students. All students are encouraged to strive for a spirit of cooperation rather than competition in the strings classroom.