K-6 Utah Charter School

A free public K-6 charter school located in East Salt Lake City.

Arts & BTS


Weekly Art Classes are taught to 1st - 6th grade classes by Chrissy Richards.  Kindergarten art classes are taught by Emily Bess.  

Our weekly Art program is based on the Art Ability/Art History section of the Core Knowledge curriculum used at Canyon Rim Academy. Our goal is to teach the artistic aspects which enhance the Social Studies curriculum in each grade level. For example, while first graders are studying Ancient Egypt, they learn about and produce Art from Ancient Egypt. We also study the widely accepted Elements of Art to understand and grow in Art Ability: Line, Shape & Form, Color, Texture, Space and Value.  In the upper grades we emphasize Famous Artists, Famous Works and Modern Art Styles.

  • First Grade Study includes:
    From Core Knowledge: Art of Long Ago (Lascaux Cave Art), Art of Ancient Egypt, Ancient Inca Art, Art of Mexico, Portraits, Still Life, and Murals
    Artists: Mondrian, Klee, Matisse, Van Gogh, Kandinsky
  • Second Grade Study includes:  
    Line, Architecture, Landscapes, Sculpture, Form
  • Third Grade Study includes:  
    From Core Knowledge: Art and Architecture of Ancient Rome, Native American Art (weaving and pottery), Quilts, Elements of Art (Line, Shape/Form, Color, Texture, Space, Value)
    Artists: Klee, Van Gogh, Matisse, Cassatt, Eric Carle, Faith Ringgold
  • Fourth Grade Study includes:  
    Gothic Cathedrals, Chinese Porcelain and scrolls, African masks, Art from Islam, Art of a New Nation
  • Fifth Grade Study includes: 
    From Core Knowledge: Renaissance Art, American Art/Westward Movement, Civil War Photography
    Other: Famous Artists and Styles, Drawing and Shading, One-point Perspective, Ink Printing, Illustration
    Artists: Da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Rafael, Bruegel, Picasso, Vasarely (Op Art), Chihuly, Van Gogh, Matisse, O'Keeffe, others
  • Sixth Grade:  
    Art History Greek, Rome, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, NeoClassical, Romantic, Realism

The Art Department is grateful to CRA for the school's support and latitude in providing the best of Art experiences for our students; by allowing us our desire to purchase and provide quality art supplies: real watercolor paper, quality brushes, clay, glaze and much more!  The luxury of having good art materials equals good art!


Weekly Music Classes 

At Canyon Rim Academy we use the Orff-Schulwerk approach to music and movement education which integrates movement, speech, singing, percussion instruments and improvisation. It engages all children in a joyful, child-friendly and creative way of learning music. The learning starts with the child's two natural instruments, their voice and their body. The Orff approach is based on folk music from around the world which can be adapted so children of all abilities are able to successfully contribute.

CRA has a beautiful set of percussion instruments (drums, xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels and recorders) giving all students a hands on approach to making music.


BTS stands for Beverly Taylor Sorenson, founder of the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program in public schools.  Beverly saw a need to integrate arts into school curriculum so students would have a complete education that included the arts, and provided funding to begin this program.   BTS provides funding for our Art program.  


Drama is part of the CRA experience.

Students in 5th & 6th grades have the option of participating in a Shakespeare Play.  This typically happens in the spring. 

CRA may also have a school play for students 1st-6th grade.  This varies from year to year.

At the end of the school year, each 6th grade class performs a Shakespeare Play for their peers and parents.  Each child in the class participates in the performance.