Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Ranger University

It's official...i am a CERTIFIED RANGER EDUCATOR!!  Last week i had the honor and privilege (with 23 other people from all over the world) to attend "Ranger University"  in Tinton Falls, New Jersey.  This very cool company, Ranger Industries prides itself in that, most all of their products are made in the USA!  We even toured their on site factory and warehouse....it was a Willy Wonka experience for the art nerds like me!

This insanely intense 3 day "art class" was conducted to familiarize store owners and artist/designers with the potential of the boatload of Ranger products.  With their inks, paints, mediums, etc, we learned about 80 new creative techniques.  The experience was beyond incredible, and quite a IMGP1232 conversion experience for me.......the opportunity to stretch artistically and collect new ideas to reinvent my class programs. 

Look at all the "STUFF" we got, art treasure, a bounty of creative toys.....

From 9am til 6-7pm each day we created under the expert teaching of Tim Holtz, (the King of Inks) Suze Weinberg (the Melting Pot) and Claudine Hellmuth  (the painter).  These folks are kinda the "rock stars" in the art/hobby industry internationally.  It was a thrill to have them share all their knowlege and tricks of the trade with us.

Me and Tim Holtz.  What a great guy, such a brilliant artist and innovative teacher.  Never met anyone like him!


And below, me and Suze Weinberg.  She is the Queen of the "Melting Pot", the daVinci of molten art plastic. SUZERU  She's a hoot, and so talented.


Suze, Claudine and Tim at our "Designer Forum".

BRINGING IT ALL HOME!!!  New Ranger tools all over my studio, ready to create new classes and programs... (for scrapbooking, stamping, painting, home dec, jewelry, canvas, cardmaking, collage and more).  Stay tuned for the rebirth of Art & Soul Studio!!  I'm over the moon with all these tools and the endless possibilities that i can teach and share.

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  1. Lora in LouisvilleMay 7, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    hey stranger, how are you? I am still in Southern Indiana, think of you often. drop me a line sometime.
    Lora Smith

  2. Great job on WBEE this morning Joanne!