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AJWL members heat things up with new logo

May 4, 2017
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The Austintown Junior Women's League held its March meeting at the Austintown Fitch High School Art Department.

Members got to experience the screen printing process up close before testing their own design skills.

"Marie Dockry, an AJWL member and counselor at AFHS, is familiar with Mr. Adam Leskanic, who teaches Art I through IV, and Diane Devine, who teaches ceramics classes as part of their curriculum," AJWL member Ruty Rodriguez-Patterson said.

She said the teachers agreed to offer a session for one of the league's meetings.

The meeting was right in line with recent work the AJWL and Fitch students completed. The league members came up with a design for a logo, and the Fitch art students fined-tuned it for T-shirts and coffee mugs.

The members brought blank T-shirts, and then the students applied the logo to the shirts as well as mugs during the session. The members then purchased the mugs at a cost of $5 each.

They also got hands-on lessons and were allowed to operate the screen printer and mug press under the guidance of the art teachers.

Rodriguez-Patterson said the mug press reached temperatures of 399 degrees in order to secure the league's logo onto a ceramic cup, in what is called the sublimation process. The art department students are currently using this process to make mini-sized basketball backboards with hoops as an art project.

Rodriguez-Patterson said the art department at Fitch is currently trying to work out a plan to offer screen printing on a small, non-commercial scale for profit. The students presently only do small school-related projects as they learn the process and new skills.

Rodriguez-Patterson said the March meeting was a big hit and was enjoyed by all.



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