Who has a voice smother than a freshly mopped linoleum floor, offers more encouragement than Richard Simmons and is a contender for the most epic hair/beard combination ever? Painter and "happy accident" master Bob Ross, that's who. The always-smiling art instructor became a cultural icon with his public-access TV show The Joy of Painting in the '80s, and now you can learn his little-tree-here method at the Nampa Recreation Center on Saturday, Feb. 18.
Ross's unique wet-on-wet oil technique and therapy-like instruction method became so well-known and revered that a certification course was developed. Yup, you can become a Bob Ross-certified instructor.
According to bobross.com, "Anyone can enter this program, you need only the desire to paint. Add to it an eagerness to teach others and you're ready to begin the wonderful adventure to becoming part of this world-famous Bob Ross phenomenon." Well, and the completion of the program.
Bob Ross-certified instructor Danny Ewing will instruct attendees of the Rec Center workshop on how to create an 18-inch by 24-inch replication of a painting currently on display in the Rec Center foyer. The registration fee for this four-hour class includes all the supplies needed and all levels of experience are welcome. The class is limited to 12 participants, and the registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 17. Register at nampaparksandrecreation.org. Don't worry, if you can't make it this time around, the Rec Center offers Bob Ross workshops monthly, which gives you plenty of time to visit Ross's website and purchase one of his beyond-fantastic T-shirts, so you'll be the coolest kid in the happy-cloud-painting class.