NAHS hosts first “Painting with Bob Ross” activity

NAHS gave students the opportunity to replicate Ross’ famous “Mountain View” painting


By Crystal Sivilayvong

Freshman Madison Larson smiles as she finishes her version of painter Bob Ross’ “Mountain View” on Thursday, Sept. 14.

Ashlyn Windmiller, JAG reporter

Students gathered in art teacher Krystal Strong’s room after school on Wednesday, Sept. 14 for a Bob Ross painting tutorial held by the National Art Honor Society. Bob Ross is a well-known painter who has become very influential to high school students during the past couple years. The event was open to members and non-members for a chance to socialize and learn how to paint famous works of art.

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Junior Lexi Veihweg and sophomores Allison Gourd and Sarah Melvin start the Bob Ross painting tutorial.

Strong felt the event would be an exciting way to introduce new people to the club.

“I thought it would be a fun activity that would get a lot of people excited about joining NAHS,” Strong said.

For sophomore Abby Lee, the event was about getting to spend time with her friends and working on projects that support her passions.

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Senior Simon Vongxay follows Bob Ross’ instructions on how to paint clouds.

“I am part of theater and I know there’s a lot of crossover between theater and NAHS,” Lee said. “A lot of my friends are in NAHS, and I [decided to] try it out.”

Throughout the event, students were challenged to make their own version of Ross’ famous “Mountain View” painting. Keeping up with the fast-paced video was difficult, but the team of officers helped students through the process. Senior co-president Durga Jambunathan wanted to create a relaxed and stress-free environment.

“We thought it would be an easy way to get people painting,” Jambunathan said. “Painting is intimidating for some artists, and [the event] would be a good way to introduce people to it.”

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