Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Art Classes for Kids in Jersey City

Bespoke Private Art Classes for Kids in Jersey City with Artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

This week has been a happy whirlwind of pom poms, paint, glue, wooden spoons and chenille chicks. I can hardly believe that September is right around the corner! Therefore, it's the perfect time to announce I am now enrolling students for private art lessons this fall. 

Bespoke Private Art Classes for Kids in Jersey City with Artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

If you're a parent in Jersey City, Hoboken or lower Manhattan seeking a fresh, fun, custom art experience for your child, enroll now by visiting Lady Lucas Art Classes on my website.

Bespoke Private Art Classes for Kids in Jersey City with Artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog


Children ages 4 - 12 years of age are invited to sign up individually or with a small group of friends. I'm happy to come to you, or host classes within my artist studio in Jersey City.

xo 
Lady Lucas

Bespoke Private Art Classes for Kids in Jersey City with Artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Bespoke Private Art Classes for Kids in Jersey City with Artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

PS - Want to do something creative with your kids without leaving the house? Check out my huge array of coloring books and printable activities on Etsy!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Whimsy City Collection : New York City + Jersey City

New York City by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

They're finally here! My completed watercolor paintings of New York City and Jersey City

Ideally, I'd like to add many more cities to the list - but I thought I'd start with two places I know very well. See if you can spot Iggie, Zinnie & Zoe in both paintings ;)

Both 'Jersey City' and 'New York City' are available on Fine Art America as art prints, totes and more -  and as greeting cards at Card Isle kiosks.

Jersey City by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog
xo

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Happy August

Happy August | Nautical Watercolor Wreath by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Happy August Everyone! I made a new wreath for my door this week - and thought I'd share the 'how to' in case you'd like to try one out too.

Happy August | Nautical Watercolor Wreath by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

First, I doodled some nautical beings with watercolor and pen on a watercolor pad.

Happy August | Nautical Watercolor Wreath by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

After they dried completely, I cut them out with a pair of small scissors.

Happy August | Nautical Watercolor Wreath by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Next, I made a loop with soft gold wire and covered the sharp parts with masking tape.

Happy August | Nautical Watercolor Wreath by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Lastly, I hot glued the nautical drawings to the bottom of the wire wreath (covering all the wrapped tape in the process). I also added some small seashells and a pearl for an added detail. At the top, I looped some bakers twine so I could hang it on the door.

Please let me know if you liked this - or try it out yourself. Your comments keep me going!


PS - If you dig nautical things, I think you will also love my Nautical Coloring Book.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cute & Easy Hot Air Balloon Craft

Cute & Easy Hot Air Balloon Craft for Kids | Linzer Lane Blog

I've been making art with kids non-stop for the past few weeks in my studio here in Jersey City and this craft in particular I thought came out pretty cute - so I wanted to share with you how to make it at home. Pinterest offers many variations of this idea, but I enjoyed using the cardboard tube instead of a paper cup, etc. like many of the other examples show online.

Cute & Easy Hot Air Balloon Craft for Kids | Linzer Lane Blog

This craft is great for toddlers and preschoolers - as adults can help with the tricky part - and the kids just get to do the decorating.

You will need:
paper plates, assorted cut paper, glue, a hole puncher, scissors, string, pom poms, pipe cleaners, cute animal stickers, markers and an empty cardboard roll - a stapler or hot glue

Punch a hole at the top of a paper plate and feed through some string as shown above.



Cute & Easy Hot Air Balloon Craft for Kids | Linzer Lane Blog

Have the kiddos add a pattern to their balloon by gluing cut paper, tissue paper and pom poms.

Cute & Easy Hot Air Balloon Craft for Kids | Linzer Lane Blog

Cut an empty toilet paper roll or paper towel roll into sections for the 'basket' of the hot air balloon. (This part - an adult definitely has to do!) Afterwards, tie two pipe cleaners to the cardboard basket as shown to form the balloon strings.
Cute & Easy Hot Air Balloon Craft for Kids | Linzer Lane Blog

Kids will enjoy decorating the balloon baskets with markers and stickers. Animals stickers work great as the tiny passengers for the balloon ;)

Attach the basket and strings to the plate balloon with a few staples or hot glue if you have it handy.

Cute & Easy Hot Air Balloon Craft for Kids | Linzer Lane Blog

Ta-da! My preschool morning class did a lovely job of decorating - I especially like the round circle of pom poms featured on the left.

Bonus - add some balloon coloring pages to the table as a treat after the craft is over!


Cute & Easy Hot Air Balloon Craft for Kids | Linzer Lane Blog

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Apple Tree Wall Mural

Apple Tree Wall Mural by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

When we moved into our studio apartment this March, the previous tenant left a plaster wall that she built herself. I was grateful to have the separation, but had no idea how to really integrate it into our home. The plaster was crumbling off of it, and my husband David suggested patching it with some putty we originally bought for the bathroom.

Apple Tree Wall Mural by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Luckily my little touch up job worked, but we were left with an ugly line of puffy plaster in the middle of the wall (which unfortunately you can't see here)...

Apple Tree Wall Mural by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

That's when David had the brilliant idea of drawing a tree on the wall to cover the line!

Apple Tree Wall Mural by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

That's when my wheels started turning ;) I wanted something very simple, Scandinavian and child friendly - so this is what I came up with!

Apple Tree Wall Mural by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

Iggie taking a nap under an apple tree ;) 

Apple Tree Wall Mural by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

My sister-in-law has a few apple trees in her yard in Austria, and we would often lay under them and enjoy the beautiful apples, moss, and the occasional green worm trying to eat a meal.

Apple Tree Wall Mural by Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog

If you are a family or school in the Jersey City, Hoboken or NYC area that could use a little wall art to spruce up your space, let me know - and I'll see what I can whip up for you!


Apple Tree Wall Mural | Linzer Lane Blog

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Kids Art is the Best Art

Private Art Classes with Lady Lucas | Jersey City, Hoboken, NYC | Linzer Lane Blog
Beautiful artwork by on of my students - Animal Portrait assignment.
This month I've been in full swing mode teaching private art classes to kiddos in Jersey City and Hoboken. I'm really blown away by what they are capable of - and how they don't overthink anything and they just create. It's really fun to watch.

Private Art Classes with Lady Lucas | Jersey City, Hoboken, NYC | Linzer Lane Blog
Here's the example I made up for the kids this week. I also brought a bunch or Richard Scarry books as inspiration..
Private Art Classes with Lady Lucas | Jersey City, Hoboken, NYC | Linzer Lane Blog

Private Art Classes with Lady Lucas | Jersey City, Hoboken, NYC | Linzer Lane Blog

I love the tiger this talented young artist painted - it really has a Richard Scarry flavor to it!


Private Art Classes with Lady Lucas | Jersey City, Hoboken, NYC | Linzer Lane Blog

Earlier this summer we made watercolor wreaths and I LOVE this one so much!

Private Art Classes with Lady Lucas | Jersey City, Hoboken, NYC | Linzer Lane Blog

Private Art Classes with Lady Lucas | Jersey City, Hoboken, NYC | Linzer Lane Blog

 Tomorrow's class is going to be all about the ice cream. I hope the kids like it!

 If you are a parent in Jersey City, Hoboken or lower Manhattan that would like to sign up for one on one or private group art classes with me, get in touch today. I'd love to talk further about how I can bring more creativity into your child's life! 


Private Art Classes with Lady Lucas | Jersey City, Hoboken, NYC | Linzer Lane Blog
Super cute jellyfish done using potato stamping.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Linzer Lane's Whimsy City Collection

New Whimsy City Collection featuring Jersey City, New York City, Hoboken by artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog
Iggie as a New Yorker ;)
I have really enjoyed creating some new watercolor artwork during the last few weeks. While walking to the train in Hoboken after teaching last week - I realized it would be even cooler to combine lots of different watercolor elements into landscape illustrations depicting cities I've lived and worked in or traveled to - thus the new 'Whimsy City Collection'.

I'm starting with Jersey City and New York City - but I'd also like to create a works of art for Hoboken, Lancaster, PA and Miami. All cities that I know quite well and love.


New Whimsy City Collection featuring Jersey City, New York City, Hoboken by artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog
Putting some ideas together while sitting in Newport, Jersey City
Of course the common thread in each piece will be special appearances by my alpine Linzer Lane Characters: Iggie, Zinnie & ZoĆ«. As you can see, I had fun turning Iggie into a fashionable New Yorker above :)

New Whimsy City Collection featuring Jersey City, New York City, Hoboken by artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog
Newport Light House

New Whimsy City Collection featuring Jersey City, New York City, Hoboken by artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog
Zoe as the Statue of Liberty!

New Whimsy City Collection featuring Jersey City, New York City, Hoboken by artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog
The fountain in Van Vorst Park, Jersey City

New Whimsy City Collection featuring Jersey City, New York City, Hoboken by artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog
NYC art lovers will recognize this building!

New Whimsy City Collection featuring Jersey City, New York City, Hoboken by artist Lady Lucas | Linzer Lane Blog
An ode to my family's grocery and lunch business from the 1930's in Jersey City- but modernized with a food truck theme. My mom has been telling me stories about Victoria's Lunch since I was a little girl.
I plan to finish my Jersey City cityscape first - and it will feature some of my favorite elements of the city. One entire half of my family is from Jersey City (my mom was born here and her parents as well) so it's great fun sticking in some references to them and their past businesses and endeavors.

Stay Tuned!

xo Lady Lucas