Rockaway Youth Get Their First Taste of Screen Printing

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Arverne resident, Jason Heuer, principal of Jason Heuer LLC, a design and art studio also based in Arverne, collaborated with the Rockaway Artists Alliance, (RAA) and Edgemere-based nonprofit Rockaway Rising on a fun silk screening activity for local children at RAA’s studio this past Friday, April 14th.

The children and adult volunteers worked cohesively together on creating their personal works of art through silk screening T-shirts, which Heuer described as the gateway experience to the art of screen printing.

According to Heuer, “Silk screening is done by making a silk screen (stencil) with a certain image, type or logo on it. The image is in negative form so when ink is pressed (also known as squeegeed) through the screen it will come out on the material desired. Silk screening can be done on almost any flat, semi-hard surface, including plastics, metals, glass, cardboards, papers, books and fabric.”

Heuer, also a member of the RAA co-ran the activity with RAA board director, Victoria Barber, who hosted the event at their studio. To host the event and obtain the supplies needed, they placed second place for funding at a Rock Soup event, a seasonal supper series that supports creative events in Rockaway. In addition, Heuer, also a typography instructor at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in Manhattan, was able to get additional supplies donated by SVA.

Stay tuned for another event with Heuer and the RAA. Plans are already in place for another screen printing event for youth in collaboration with Rockaway Rising and Louis Harris' nonprofit, Black Surfer’s Association-East Coast. Also with RAA, Heuer and Barber will be offering adult silk screen classes in the near future.

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