“There are no mistakes, only happy accidents..”
Gosh, we love Bob Ross in this house. Such a happy, gentle, uplifting soul he was. I needed some Bob Ross vibes last week and I was so happy I had planned for him to be our artist of the week all the way back when I was planning in the late fall. This time of year can get so blah you know?
We focused on Bob Ross quite a bit. We read about his life, we read as many picture books as I could find at the library about him, we watched him every night before Wyatt went to bed, and then had a family paint day. Wyatt now is a big fan of Bob Ross, which tickles me.
I did not know about Ross’ life other than watching him on Joy of Painting. I had no idea he was in the military, that he had been stationed in Alaska, that he taught in person classes that at first no one attended. When he got his television show, he was happy with just a simple little set, he didn’t need anything elaborate. He raised baby squirrels, and saved injured animals. I just adore him. He brought some lightness into our week last week, and into this week as Wyatt continues to watch him.
Our family Bob Ross inspired painting day was a lot of fun. There was no way I was using oil based paints with a 7 year old however, and knew I wanted to use the watercolors that come in the tube, to get that whole feel. I actually hit up our dollar store and was able to get everything I wanted! We usually have all of our materials on hand, but I didn’t have what I wanted for this particular project. I needed canvas boards, and instead of big paint brushes, which I thought would be hard for Wyatt to use, I opted for sponge brushes. We set up at the table, put on the Bob Ross episode “Mystic Mountains”, and got to painting!
The plan was for Billy to demonstrate in person along with Bob, and he also controlled the pause and playing of the video, in case Wyatt and I needed to catch up. I wanted Wyatt to use (sort of ) the techniques that Bob was using (although not the wet on wet since we were not using oil paints) but the brush movements, so instead of setting him free with paints and the canvas and going alone, we did a lot of hand over hand. There were parts of the painting I let him just paint freely, but other parts I helped him out, and I ended up doing the mountains because the knife work was hard for him with his current motor skills. So his painting is actually our combined painting.
Wyatt painted the water and sky freely, then I helped with the trees, clouds, and mountains, hand over hand for the trees and clouds. He also did the tree/island in the water. He was so happy!! He loves painting and asks to paint constantly. And usually, I let him.
Wyatt also learned about Idaho last week. His favorite facts were all potato based, that they grow a ton of potatoes, that there is a potato museum, and that frozen french fries were introduced to the world by J.R. Simplot in Idaho in 1953. We of course had to have frozen french fries with grilled cheese sandwiches that night.
We had a fantastic week last week!
What We Used:
This section contains Amazon Affiliate links. In addition to the curriculum I am creating for him, we also use curriculum from The Good and the Beautiful, The Waldock Way, and Blossom and Root for phonics, reading, science, and social studies.
P is for Potato: An Idaho Alphabet
Bob Ross and Peapod the Squirrel
This is Your World: The Story of Bob Ross
And thanks to a friend, the Bob Ross episode of Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum on PBS.
In parting, I want to leave you all with a few Bob Rossisms.
“You can do anything you want. This is your world.”
“Talent is a pursued interest. Anything you’re willing to practice, you can do.”
“It’s hard to see things when you are too close. Take a step back and look.”
“There’s nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend.”
“Go out on limb. That’s where the fruit is.”
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We really need lots of Bob Ross in our lives! I have always loved watching him paint, but I never tried to actually do it. I was always amazed how he turned in a few blots here and a few blots there into a gorgeous painting. I think your paintings turned out just as beautifully! And, I didn’t know watercolors came in tubes. How ’bout that!
Is Idaho famous for anything other than potatoes? I don’t think I’ve ever heard of it in any other context!
I really love these quotes, too, Erin! Thanks for sharing them.
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Yes! Bob Ross is so awesome. I love him. And it cracks me up that now Wyatt loves him and finds him on YouTube and puts him on. Lol.
Right? It always blows me away too. I need to try again, with the correct tools. I don’t understand those tube watercolors but they exist!
Lol!! I know!! Hmm.. what else did we learn? Idaho also has a lot of trout, and also gems! They are called the Gem state for all of the gemstones, including the star garnet that can be found there.
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