A middle school in Texas has paid homage to the late, great Bob Ross by dressing up as the iconic public television host and painting along with one of his old episodes.
And by dressing up, we mean down to the last follicle. They even wore giant red afros in keeping with the painter’s hairstyle.
Brady Sloane’s grade 8 advanced placement art classes were feeling the burn. Burnout, that is. A lot of projects and papers all came due at once, and this meant that her students were in need of a little break. A happy little break.
So she decided to get dressed up in a blue denim button-down, put on an auburn wig, and adopt a certain lilting voice that can just put you at ease with only a few words.
The kids at Madison Middle School might not have been alive when The Joy Of Painting with Bob Ross was on public television, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t heard of him. The internet loves digging up strange old broadcasts from the ‘90s, and Bob Ross has become a sort of icon during the internet age.
Sure, The Joy Of Painting might have won 3 Emmys during its on-screen tenure, but what’s an Emmy compared to a lifetime of memes?
That’s why Sloane’s idea of having her entire class dress up as Bob Ross was such a hit with the kids these days.
Roughly 50 students, or two of Sloane’s grade 8 classes, donned Ross’s classic look of blue denim combined with big hair and watched an entire hour-long episode of The Joy Of Painting. Not only that, they used music stands as sort of makeshift easels and painted along, with Sloane providing specific direction along the way.
"This was just a fun way to incorporate art history, too," Sloane told the Abilene Reporter. "He's a part of art history, right? The excitement the students feel when they realize this is an educational experience and a fun experience at the same time is just wonderful to watch."
Parents, relatives, and local news media were invited to watch as each and every student painted their own version of a path through a snow-covered forest.