2005-04-29 / Community

Sarnoff, Rockaway Museum Present ‘Art Of Cartooning’

A series of Cartooning Workshops was conducted at The Far Rockaway Library by The Wave’s Editorial Cartoonist, Robert Sarnoff.

“The instruction resulted in some very insightful student observations,” said Sarnoff. “The class discussed the pervading issues of the day. The one topic that most affected each student was the prevailing violence permeating these young people’s daily lives.”

Sarnoff added that further conversation regarding how they, as cartoonists, would convey their feelings and trepidations visually, succinctly and powerfully, produced a few preliminary sketches that reflected some deep seated anxieties. “There was a ‘shoot down’ in the neighborhood yesterday.” “Teenagers burned the playground’s jungle gym last week.”

Heightened degrees of persistent fear of potential danger in the schools, playgrounds and neighborhood dominated the discussion. “Be a teacher and by your students you shall be taught.”

Honver Wang depicts a shooting in the schoolyard. “Where’s the super hero that you told me about?” Mr. Sarnoff asked.

“He’s late. He’s too late”, said Honver, matter-of-factly.

Nelson Glen was more optimistic. His Black Thorne character beseeches, “Stop the violence.”

Corey concentrated on another issue:

The freeing up of Rockaway’s Beach 90 Street to become New York City’s first and only designated surfing space.

His drawing of surfers breaking free from the chains that bind, as they gleefully burst into the powerful ocean waves, needs no words, nor does his other interpretation, three surfers on one board having a grand old time.

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