Hosting a “Bob Ross” Event

Libraries, community centers, universities, galleries, art centers, and any other entity intending to host [or are already hosting] a “Bob Ross” event (painting parties, Joy of Painting viewings, publicized get-togethers, how-to classes, fundraisers, etc.) of any kind must use a Bob Ross Certified Instructor within the event; this requirement replaces the otherwise customary public performance rights license fees you pay when utilizing federally copyrighted materials. 

Bob Ross Inc. (BRI) owns all intellectual property rights relating to the late artist Bob Ross, including (but not limited to) his name, likeness, image, and voice, as well as books, pamphlets, instructional videos, TV shows and DVDs from his popular television series “The Joy of Painting.”

BRI strictly controls the use of the Bob Ross® intellectual property, and limits its use for promoting/conducting Bob Ross-themed events only to Bob’s licensed teachers: Certified Ross Instructors (CRI® instructors who teach and demonstrate landscape/seascape scenes), Certified Ross Floral Instructors (CRFI™ instructors who teach and demonstrate painting of flowers), Certified Ross Wildlife Instructors (CRWI™ instructors who teach and demonstrate animal paintings) and Certified Ross Portrait Instructors (CRPI™ instructors who teach and demonstrate paintings of people).  

These certified instructors have undergone intensive training in the Bob Ross Wet-on-Wet Technique® and teach and demonstrate the approved techniques exclusively with BRI-approved Bob Ross products.

Because Bob Ross himself was extremely supportive of his certified instructors, it is BRI’s policy to require that a CRI®, CRFI, CRWI™ or CRPI be actively involved in any event that’s being promoted or conducted using Bob Ross® intellectual property. By involving a certified instructor in your event, you will satisfy the requirements needed to gain permission to use Bob Ross IP while also supporting a local artist and business. 

A CRI®, CRFI, CRWI and CRPI can participate in events in a number of ways, from leading classes to conducting a quick painting demonstration – and these can be achieved both in-person or in a live, online presentation forum. You can find a list of CRI®, CRFI, CRWI and CRPI instructors by visiting: or

Contact them quickly about your Bob Ross-themed function, ask them to participate and what the fee will be.


Happy Painting!

Bob Ross Incorporated