Thursday, May 31, 2012

HYCC kids create thrones

Hawthorne Youth and Community center is one of the
organizations connected to the Community Partnership
Program of the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum

Last year after noting all the mythic creatures at the museum,
the HYCC kids created Sedred, the dragon for the
Community Creations exhibit. See my blog post:
This year during the visits to the museum, the kids took
special notice of all the chairs, seats, and thrones in the
museum and decided to create their own seats for royalty.

We took two chairs which had been pulled from the trash
and transformed them.

They used rolled up cardboard and tape to create arms
and extended the height with more cardboard that they
painted gold. They  wrapped the "arms" with polyester
and cloth.

  Then created two "shields" - one for a queen, one for a
king. ...and decorated, decorated, decorated:


Of course what is a project without hot glue?


...and lots of stitching...satin pillows and covers

 and final fringe:

The King's skirt seemed a little plain, so more decoration was added:

Then of course, the chairs had to be tried out.  To see if
they felt sufficiently royal.  They passed.

The final touch - two peacock feather each...and off they went to
the museum for display:


and celebrating with family and friends in the new bright
artspace in the new addition to the museum.

 The entire Community Creations exhibit including the work
made by the youth of all the partnership organizations will be
on display  through August.  If you are in Boston and haven't
been able to visit the Gardner Museum since it reopened
with its spectacular new wing, I recommend strongly
that you do.  It's beautiful.  The HYCC thrones await you!

With the school year wrapping up, I'm helping with just
one last HYCC project - a model of "green architecture"
in collaboration with Archventures and students at the
Boston Architectural Center.  I'll let you know what they
come up with.

Adventure on!   Wendy

1 comment:

  1. Oh my. What beautiful thrones and how wonderful that they will be displayed at the Gardner Museum which I have been lucky to visit twice since the new building opened. You do tremendous work at HYCC. Wonderful photos!