The Fine Arts at CCS
All art—whether painting, dancing, music, drama, or literature—is a gift of God. God, who created all things, gives us our aesthetic standard for what is true, good and beautiful. At Cary Christian School we are working to reclaim the arts for Christ and resurrect their true purpose, which is to illuminate God’s truth. The art we make reflects what we believe about the Triune God. When God created all things He gave us a paint box of many tools, including joy, laughter, comedy, sorrow, pain, tragedy, light, and dark. Here at CCS we use the gifts and tools that He has given to us in order to explore His creation, His character, His story.
All students, K-12, at Cary Christian School have opportunities to participate in the Fine Arts programs, either through regularly scheduled classes or electives.
The arts at Cary Christian School are a vibrant and rich expression of God’s Creation in all of its joy, sorrow, dark, light, tragedy, and comedy. CCS students have the opportunity to study music (band, chorus, music appreciation), theatre (acting, directing, production), visual arts (drawing, painting, printing, photography, graphic design) creative writing, and film.
Band students regularly audition for, and perform with, regional and state orchestra and bands. The band classes hold two concerts a year, both in the Logic and Rhetoric schools. Almost half of the upper school performs with the Concert Choirs and a select group of students tour and perform with the Chamber Choir. Past tours have included trips to Washington, New York, and New Orleans. Both Logic and Rhetoric school choirs hold two full concerts a year.
Visual Arts students regularly send art pieces into the community for competition and display and also participate in the ACCS Blakey Prize for Fine Arts, a national art competition.
Theatre students put on two full productions a year. Past productions have included works by Bronte, Austen, Wilde, Marlowe, Faust, Wodehouse, and Shakespeare. Both Logic and Rhetoric schools participate in the North Carolina Theatre Conference festival with student written and directed one- act plays. CCS theatre students had the opportunity to travel to London, England where they visited Shakespeare’s birthplace and had the privilege to participate in acting workshops and performances at the Globe Theatre.
CCS arts students have participated in regional, state, and national arts competitions and have multiple awards across every discipline. Each year culminates in the CCS Festival of the Arts with an art show and sale, and performances in music and theatre by students and alums.
CCS arts alums have gone on to have successful careers in film (acting, writing, directing), costume and fashion design, writing and publishing, theatre (writing, acting, directing), and music (composition and performance).
Fine Arts Calendar – 2016-17
- October | NCTC Regional Competition – high school drama
- December 1-3 | High school drama production
- December 10 | High school band and chorus concerts
- January-February | District and all-state band auditions
- March | Middle school drama NCTC Regional competition
- April 27-29 | High school drama production
- May | Middle school drama spring production
- May 6 | Festival of the Arts
- Chaperones for chorus trips, NCTC drama competitions
- Set construction/painting
- Concessions for shows (food donations and help)
- Booster Club for the Arts (we don’t have one!)
- Volunteers for K-5 Art Day