Hi! I’m Julie Abels, the founder and owner of Ridge Light Ranch.

Here at Ridge Light Ranch, our mission is to help you love teaching art so that you can give your children all the benefits of art and creativity in their education.

Sound like a lofty goal? We make it simple with fun, easy, no-prep art lesson plans. Then we supplement them with tons of help through our blog and podcast.

It can take a lot of time and mental energy to dream up a great art lesson plan, so why reinvent the wheel?  We’d love to help you on your journey.

Who’s Julie Abels?

I’m a Christian, a wife, and a homeschooling mom of two boys (class of 2026 & 2028), nicknamed Alpha and Gunner. We live in Tucson, AZ on 3.3 acres that we call the Ridge Light Ranch.  The view of Push Ridge and the Catalina Mountains from our backyard physically makes my heart soar. I love our beautiful sunny days and am always inspired by the nature around me. I love to watch the birds and try to capture the deer with my camera lens. I love to draw, paint, and create digital files and templates. I sell my own art here: julieabels.com.

After earning undergraduate and master’s degrees, working in Corporate America, Real Estate, and some other odd jobs, I decided to set it all aside to start homeschooling in 2012. We joined the Classical Conversations family in 2013. Over the years, I’ve been a Foundations Tutor, and a Foundations / Essentials Director, and a Support Representative here in Southern Arizona.  I love our CC community and many of my products were born out of a homeschooling need.

I love to create- it’s my therapy! I also love sharing my creations with you. I’m so glad you stopped by! I wish we could sit down together on my back porch and chat over a glass of tea. At least I can share my backyard view with you.

(References to Classical Conversations do not constitute or imply endorsement by the company.)