Art and music mix well at Pleasant Plains Elementary


Pleasant Plains Elementary School has partnered with parent Will Williams, an amazing local "plein air" and portrait painter to create a new wall mural for the school and an upcoming related performance.

Having won awards throughout the United States and presented works in galleries from Maryland to Massachusetts, Williams created for the school a wall mural of a crayon box and scattered crayons. In doing so, he demonstrated a high level of artistry for students to enjoy and admire.

Williams and Uriah Moore, vocal music teacher at Pleasant Plains, discussed at length a way for students to enjoy the artwork and use it in performance. The decision was made to feature students in Kindergarten through Grade 2 in a production of the musical "Colors."

The musical uses the universal appeal of the crayon box as a basis for teaching children valuable lessons about human relationships. The show explores the difficulties that arise when each participant and life-sized crayon must work together in completing the day's task of coloring another page in the coloring book. The light-hearted play is one in which both performers and audience members learn about issues of expressing one's feelings appropriately, cooperation and being positive.


Parents will be invited to this year's musical for the younger grades and have an opportunity to view Williams' mural during the performance. Pleasant Plains is excited to have fostered this partnership with Williams and looks forward to many more projects together.

Story by Uriah Moore, Vocal Music Instructor, Pleasant Plains Elementary School. Photos submitted by Tracy Barr, Pleasant Plains Elementary School.
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