For many years CHEWV has been graciously invited to participate in the West Virginia Christian Education Association's (WVCEA) Fine Arts Festival.  The WVCEA is affiliated with the national organization American Association of Chrisitian Schools (AACS).  The Fine Arts Festival is a recognized statewide event where CHEWV members are able to gain recognition in areas of expertise.  Home Educators in West Virginia may only participate through affiliation through CHEWV. 

There are three levels of participation:  Senior High (9-12), Junior High (7-9), and Elementary (4-6).  9th Graders may choose the level of participation.  The festivals are not a competition, but rather each participant is rated on a predetermined set of criteria and receives a rating according to his or her performance. 

It must be understood that CHEWV is not a member of the AACS.  Therefore, at the Senior High level our students are not eligible to advance to the National Competition at Bob Jones University.  WVCEA has graciously invited our home educated students to participate at the state level for many years.  This invitation is very much appreciated, because it gives home schoolers an opportunity to improve talents and earn state-level recognition from a recognized organization.  This recognition is valuable to include on college entrance applications and in college portfolios. 

Each student is critiqued and rated by at least two judges who have expertise in that area.  These ratings are then averaged to determine whether the student will be given a Superior Award, an Excellent Award, or a rating.  At the Senior and Junior High Levels, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places are also recognized.
The WVCEA Fine Arts Festival
Quick Overview of Fine Arts Requirements
If your group would like to learn more about the oppurtunities the Fine Arts Festival provide, Melody Sheppard will be happy to give a presentation to your group.  Please see contact information for requests.

  • CHEWV Membership is current
  • Begin preparing your selection now!
  • Carefully read the guidelines and category requirements 
  • Assure the scheduled dates are convenient for you

Senior High Fine Arts Festival – March 13, 2015  
Appalachian Bible College
Beckley, WV

Jr. High/Elementary Fine Arts Festival – March 27, 2015 
              Grace Christian School
Huntington, WV   

  • Print out and complete Registration Form or Register Online
  • Make a video taping or take a picture (digital or still) to submit with entries
  • Any copies of music, etc. that is required for your category
  • Make a check to CHEWV for all fees or pay online
  • Submit ALL the above to the coordinator prior to deadlines

Deadlines: All Academic Testing – 1/9/15
           Sr. High Festival Categories - 1/12/15
   Jr. High/Elem. Festival Categories - 2/9/15

 Mail to:
Melody Sheppard
PO Box 495
Jane Lew, WV  26378

Festival Fees:

Per Student Fees:
The first category entered in an area will be:                            $11.00
The second category entered in the same area will be:              $6.00

The CAP for each area will be:                                                   $17.00

Fees are non-refundable.  A $10.00 per student Late Cancellation Fee, as imposed by the WVCEA, will be billed by CHEWV to cancellations after the Friday prior to the Festival or no-shows on the day of the Festival.  Cancellations prior to the Friday before the Festival will not be charged a fee.

  • Using the sample judging forms and guidelines on the Fine Arts General Information page, continue preparing for the festival

Upon receiving registrations, the coordinator will critique entries to determine who will be selected to represent CHEWV in each category at the festival.  (See rules for category limits.)  Critiquing will be conducted through the use of the submitted video recordings and pictures.  Participants will then be notified.
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