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Children at Texas middle school paint while wearing wigs to look like artist Bob Ross

Children at Texas middle school paint while wearing wigs to look like late artist Bob Ross

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ABILENE, Texas (AP) — There were lots of happy little trees at one Texas middle school.

Art students at Madison Middle School in Abilene, Texas, donned their curliest wigs and painted little trees onto canvases to pay homage to the late painter Bob Ross.

Teacher Brady Sloane tells the Abilene Reporter News that the idea came about because her advanced placement students had been stressed out over recent projects and grades, and she wanted to find a way to reward them.

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The result was a flash mob Thursday of about four dozen students who wore wigs, blue button-down shirts and held palettes of paint.

An episode of Ross' "The Joy of Painting" was projected onto a large screen.

Ross, who gained a following for his soothing tone and soft-spoken voice, died in 1995.

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