Local teens can add a personal touch to their wardrobes while learning a new lifelong skill with an afternoon of Super ‘T’ Screen Printing workshop, coming to the Moore Public Library at 2 p.m. Monday, June 15.

Instructor Curtis Jones brings a wealth of experience in screen printing and teaching about it. He has been a faculty member in the University of Oklahoma School of Art and Art History for 10 years. Prior to that he taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, Richmond Art Center and California College of Arts and Crafts, where he earlier received his master’s degree.

In the workshop, participants will learn from the ground up about the process. That begins with some introduction to screen printing in general and a basic look at how to use the equipment, before the creative process of working on designs begins.

“The first hour will be on how to prepare a screen, then the rest of the time we’ll just have fun working on some designs,” Jones said.

Screen printing hasn’t changed all that much in Jones’ time learning and then teaching it.

“The process doesn’t change too quickly,” Jones said. “Where it’s really come along is in accessibility and also in portability with the use of computer graphics. Water-based inks have gotten a lot better in quality. If you were doing this in the 80s, there weren’t too many water-based inks, but the quality has gotten to where they’re almost the same to use now.”

Use of the water-based inks helps in cost and in being safer for garments on which they are used.

This program is a starting point for new screen printing equipment that will stay with the Pioneer Library System as components in one of its STEAM Powered Maker Kits. Moving forward, the equipment will be available for use in libraries throughout the system in future programs.

While his work is mostly with college students in his university courses, Jones has taught workshops for a variety of age groups over the years.

He enjoys seeing the spark that can come from teens when they see what a creative outlet screen printing can bring.

“They tend to leave kind of empowered that they could get enough knowledge to get them started and then go from there,” Jones said. “It helps to get a seed planted.”

Sponsors of this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups throughout the Pioneer Library System, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic, The Oklahoma Department of Libraries and The Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

For more information, call 793-5100 or go online to www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org/moore.

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