Resting on scaffolding 12 feet off the ground, Randall Williams dipped his brush into black paint and made a smooth stroke that was the beginnings of an unraveling roll of film. And then, despite his precarious perch, he turned to the two dozen fifth-grade students sitting below and began explaining the opportunities found in art.
“If you want to be an artist, it doesn’t mean you have to draw,” Williams said. “You can be an artist and design cars for Ford, you can design architecture, there are a lot of different things you can do if you become an artist.”
For Williams, artistic opportunity has come in the form of murals. His latest project is a teaching mural that currently is underway at Providencia Elementary School in Burbank. Sponsored by the Lockheed Federal Credit Union, which is headquartered in Burbank, the work features an evolution of local history. Three feet tall and 15 feet long, it starts with the region’s Native American and agricultural roots and then moves into 20th Century with the arrival of the entertainment studios and Lockheed Aircraft Corp.