In addition to his extensive art career, Ross spent 20 years in the United States Air Force. 

The Student Activity Committee (STATIC) worked hard to bring yet another big name to its programming this semester and is delighted to have Bob Ross join in.

STATIC is hosting its popular Masterpieces & Mocktails event which will be hosted by the world-renowned and skillful painter.

Ross is most well known for his instructional painting show called “The Joy of Painting.” His show premiered on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) on Jan. 11, 1983. It was aired until May 17, 1994.

“I love watching his show,” Amelia Pond (sophomore, criminology) said. “His voice is so relaxing, and watching him painting is like watching ASMR videos. Sometimes I have paint nights with my roommates and boyfriend, and we try to recreate Bob Ross’s paintings. Our paintings are never as good as his but it’s still fun to try and recreate them.”

Each episode, Ross started with a blank canvas and described what he would be doing. He typically painted nature and landscapes in a variety of seasons. As he began to paint his “happy little clouds,” he instructed viewers how to match his techniques.

In recent years, Ross has not made any painting videos, so this event is going to be monumental.

The event will be held via Zoom on Thursday. There will be two separate painting sessions as well. The first one is from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. The second session is from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Students can sign up for whatever session.

Last year, STATIC hosted two Masterpieces & Mocktails events; one each semester.

“I attended STATIC’s paint night last year with my ex-girlfriend Amelia and I had a lot of fun,” Matt Smith (junior, Earth and space science education) said. “I don’t think my ex had fun because her painting didn’t look good, no other reason. I remember that I accidentally spilled paint on her, the floor and her painting. I think it made her painting look way better though so I don’t even know why she was mad.”

For the event, STATIC will provide a small canvas, various colors of paint and brushes.

“I’m glad that STATIC brought this event back,” Sherry Williams (senior, studio art/painting) said. “I love art and I think it brings people together. Also, having Bob Ross come to IUP to host a painting night is a great way to get students involved. Everyone loves Bob Ross.”

The event is free and open to all IUP students, but spots are limited so be sure to sign up as soon as possible. In order to register for the event, head over to STATIC’s website ( and fill out the registration form.

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