Left: Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon (1973) Right: Depeche Mode, Sounds of the Universe (2009)

Art projects are my go to solutions for rainy days, I’ve had the kids attempting all kinds of stuff – building and decorating dragons, painting murals and making sculptures of family members. But it always ends in the same way – with me on the floor picking playdoh out of the carpet, cleaning up puddles of paint and wondering where everyone has gone. I know that my kids like making stuff, I just don’t think I’ve found the right project for them yet.

Next time I might take the lead of Argentinian designer Tano Veron and get them to recreate classic album covers, like he did with his six year old niece Nicolina on a rainy day in Buenos Aires.

What was intended as a one-off game to pass a couple of hours turned into a two year project that saw Nicolina recreate the artwork for 100 classic albums, from Pink Floyd and The Velvet Underground to Blur and Arctic Monkeys. Some were painted, some were drawn and others were done using collage, but all of them are the work of six year old Nicolina. According to Tano he only helped her make sure the sizing and colours were right.

All of the albums were the choice of Nicolina, I’m assuming that’s based on the look of the covers rather than the music – a creatively talented and musically tasteful six year old, now that would just be unfair!

Left: Pet Shop Boys, Yes (2009) Right: Blur, The Best of (2000)

Left: Pet Shop Boys, Yes (2009) Right: Blur, The Best of (2000)

Left: Phoenix, Bankrupt! (2013) Right: The Velvet Underground & Nico, Andy Warhol (1967)

Left: Phoenix, Bankrupt! (2013) Right: The Velvet Underground & Nico, Andy Warhol (1967)

Left: Joy Division, Unknown Pleasures (1979) Right: Foo Fighters, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007)

Left: Joy Division, Unknown Pleasures (1979) Right: Foo Fighters, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007)

Left: Bjork, Greatest Hits (2002) Right: Kraftwerk, Autobahn (1974)

Left: Bjork, Greatest Hits (2002) Right: Kraftwerk, Autobahn (1974)

Left: U2, The Best of 1980-1990 (1998) Right: The Rolling Stones, Voodoo Lounge (1994)

Left: U2, The Best of 1980-1990 (1998) Right: The Rolling Stones, Voodoo Lounge (1994)

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