Our First 100 days of school in projects

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We have arrived at that extraordinary milestone. Our kids were excited, and we needed to think of something to put together as a project. So we decided to share what we have learned, in the hope that it will help you.  We propose one book, an artist approach, and three DIY projects for the 100 first days of school


The book

Emily’s first 100 days of School, by Rosemary Wells (New York, 1943). The classic author, well known for her Max and Ruby series, takes us through the exciting experience of a little rabbit girl starting in her school life.

On the first day of school, she leaves her mama's arms. “I’m too excited to cry,” she says. (We’re pretty sure that mama’s the one that eventually cries, though).  ;)

The book is a celebration of school life and discoveries: the classroom, the teacher, new friends… The story goes along through the numbers, from 1 to 100, and it allows both parents and children to read a different story every day. Emily and her schoolmates start a secret collection of objects and add one little piece for each day of school. In the end, every friend reveals the 100 things they have collected, and Emily has her secret 100 too.

The artistic approach

As a mom and an artist, Gabriella (our founder) found that the First 100 days of school are an excellent opportunity to get involved with our kids in an art project: “Art projects are perfect to develop a creative idea, have fun in the process, and get a wonderful result that would make you and your children very proud”, she says. Among the many good ideas, we found around the Internet, we have selected a few that we think that capture the artistic spirit.



Toilet paper tube collection

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This is so easy and practical that was our first choice (Gabriella did it with her son, Luca, this year). The tubes are simple to accumulate, and you can ask your friends to contribute (literally everyone has this at home). Once collected, you can make several different things with them (paint them as buildings, characters, spaceships, etc.). We painted them with neon colors to give them an abstract look. The result was so delightful that now that the project is over we’re having problems getting rid of them :)

Nulla dies sine linea

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We know Pliny the Elder famous quote is more often related to writing, but it applies to this project too. Starting the first day of school, your kid will draw a line on a surface (we recommend a big but easy to transport support, such as a piece of cardboard or even canvas that you could later transform into an art piece and hang on a wall). Children can use whatever they like (markers, paint, crayons, etc.) and you can agree on a limited color palette or play with total freedom. The important thing is to complete that line every single day. The result is just fantastic, as you can see in the pic that Harry took for us from his own experience. (Thanks a lot to Katharine, his mom, for sharing it with us).



Sketchbook

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Let’s draw, draw, draw! Most kids love drawing, and they’ll do it anyway. Having a notebook where they can make a little piece about their day at school, it’s not only a straightforward way to collect treasures from their first 100 days but also memories. If you want to take this a little further, you can ask them to tell you something about that particular day, and you can write it down below the drawing. This will turn into a beautiful journal about that unique experience, that you both can keep and revisit later.

Emma & Amanda — Daddy’s surfboard

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Tell me about your drawing: what is happening here?

Emma: We painted our Daddy’s surfboard. We sprayed paint on it. I drew my dad, my sister and me, and other stuff.

Amanda: I painted a treehouse to decorate the surfboard. I drew papi and me, and a rainbow, and the place where papi was born: Caracas.

Why did you draw this?

Emma: I also drew a rainbow, because it’s my favorite color. Rainbow is my favorite color. We wanted to make the surfboard pretty because it was all grey and it needed some color.

Amanda: I painted a treehouse because I wanted to. I also sprayed red on the surfboard because it’s my dad’s favorite color.

Emma and Amanda


What’s the thing you enjoy the most drawing?

Emma: Good question. Because you can draw anything that you imagine. Sometimes I do it to remember something I saw somewhere, others just because I’m bored.

Amanda: Because I like Unicorns, and because sometimes I’m bored and I like to draw. I just like it.

What is your favorite color?

Emma: Rainbow

Amanda: Blue

Why?

Emma: It’s colorful, very colorful.

Amanda: Because it’s in the rainbow.

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What’s more fun: drawing or painting?

Emma Drawing.

Amanda: Painting.

Why?

Emma: Because with painting you have to color in and it takes a long time to do that. That’s the only reason.

Amanda: Because of color.

Emma and Amanda

What is art?

Emma: It’s something beautiful.

Amanda: Coloring.

What do you need to be an artist?

Emma: Color, paper, and an imagination.

Amanda: Wanting to be one.

Are you an artist? Why?

Emma: No, because I don’t like art classes in school.

Amanda: Yes, because I like to draw.

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Emma Stolk, age 8.

Amanda Stolk, age 4

Miami, USA

Destan — New York

Destan

Tell me about your drawing: what is happening here? 

I live in New York City and there are a lot of cool buildings here. In this drawing, some buildings are real and others are imaginary.

Why did you draw this?

I like drawing skyscrapers. I'm attracted by their design and height.

What’s the thing you enjoy the most drawing?

It makes me feel good.

What is your favorite color?

Red.

Why?

It's the brightest, strongest color.

What’s more fun: drawing or painting?

I recently got into watercolor painting and I'm really enjoying it!

Why?

You can mix colors which is super fun.

What is art?

I think art is drawing, whether you draw with pencils or with paint, to me it's still drawing.

What do you need to be an artist?

You need to be good at drawing.

Are you an artist? Why?

I am an artist because I can draw very well. I spend most of my free time creating art and it's something I really enjoy.


Destan Cevher, 7 years old.
New York, USA.

Follow him: destancevher

Alexandra — How to be a big sister

Alexandra

Tell us about your drawing: what is happening here?

The mom is letting her daughter hold the baby sister very carefully.  

Why did you draw this?

Because I am planning to make a book about how to be a big sister.

What’s the thing you enjoy the most drawing?

What I enjoy the most is coloring because it adds a lot of details and it is very neat. 

What is your favorite color?

Blue

Why?

Because it is very important to the water and the sky.

What’s more fun: drawing or painting?

Drawing.

Why?

Because you can add more detail when you are drawing. When you are painting you can make more mistakes and your work gets ruined, and you have to start a new one and you waste more paper.

What is art?

It is a creation you work really hard on.

What do you need to be an artist?

Be super creative so you can have the most amazing drawings in the world.

Are you an artist? Why?

I think I am but my dad is better.


Alexandra Raffaelli, 7 years old.

Oakville, Canada.

More kids drawings, everywhere

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With our brand new Prêt-à-Porter line, children drawings turn into beautiful objects carefully crafted in Montreal and available on our website and some selected boutiques within the city

You may surely have heard what Pablo Picasso used to say: “Every kid is an artist.” Since the beginning of this project, we have been very focused on our goal: making kids’ art more visible. For that reason, we have embedded their artworks into different formats and turning them into art pieces that all the family could appreciate on a daily basis.

We know that loving parents keep all those drawings carefully in a box, but they don’t necessarily know what to do with them, so we collect them and transform them into beautiful books, posters, calendars, and cards that families can treasure and show with great pride.

It’s been four years since we started Tuta & Coco and now we want to take all this to the next level. We want to share the our kids' art with everyone, even beyond the family circle. We want to see those great and honest, colorful lines everywhere around.

With our brand new Prêt-à-Porter line, children drawings turn into beautiful objects carefully crafted in Montreal and available on our website and some selected boutiques within the city.

We are proud to announce our very first collection: L’Ours (The bear), made with the drawing of Armando, a 5 years old boy. We love the story behind this drawing: Armando’s mom kept it carefully for more than 40 years! Today, Armando is an adult, but his picture still shows all his essence as a young artist. Now his bear is walking around our greeting cards, gift tags and notebooks, the very firsts we have made for all of you.

Please, enter to take a look at our Prêt-à-Porter line and stay tuned for more exciting news.