Clown for fun and profit: Learning the art of clowning

Learn the art of being a clown from make up to personality to performance. Whether just for fun or professionally
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2014 English

Course Description

Have you ever had a dream of running off and joining the circus?

Do you like hearing people laughing at your antics?

Do you have a desire make other people happy?

Then maybe you should think about the art of clowning. It is an art and takes years of practice to perfect. You can't just go to the Halloween store buy some face paint throw on your pajamas and be a clown. That is not a clown.

This course is structured to get you on your way to becoming a clown. No matter if you clown for fun or profit a clown is always representing the entire profession whether your niche is birthday parties, parades/fairs or visiting hospitals and nursing homes.

A clown is a professional entertainer and it takes work and effort to do it correct. Everyone can spot a "real" clown versus an amateur in a wig. This course teaches about being a "real" clown, what supplies you need, how you conduct yourself. We will cover types of clowns how they act and interact with people. We will talk about how YOU can pick your clown outfit(s), wig, make up and clown personality.

From here we will cover how to actually clown by talking about balloon twisting and the use of props and types of props you can use in your clown act.

We will discuss major topics in the clown community such as rules to be a professional clown and how to act professionally and appropriately. We will talk about the bad wrap that clowns can get from Hollywood movies and how you can avoid falling into that stereotype.

The last part of the course is will be all about professional development. This covers the topics of honing your craft by getting involved with other clowns in the community through clown alleys and conventions both on the local, regional and national level. This will also give personal tips on clowning in particular situations such as parades, hospitals and birthday parties.

What are the requirements?

  • Ablity to make fun of yourself
  • Sense of humor
  • A passion for makeing people laugh

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understading a brief history of clowns, types of clowns and type of clown work
  • Understanding a appling clown make up
  • Picking a wig and clown outfit
  • Finding your clowns personality
  • Types of props and make your own props
  • Practical advise on what to the dos and don'ts when you are a clown
  • Business side of clowning: finding work as a clown and tips on working as a clown
  • Developing your skills: finding local resources to go further in the profession

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone interesting in learning more about the art of clowning
  • Anyone who has ever dream of running away with the circus
  • Anyone who has an interest in making people smile
  • Anyone

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
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Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

Introduction to the course and what will be covered in the course


Different types of clowns. White faced, auguste, and character clown and aspects about them.


Explaining the different avenues in clowning from the circus performer to the hosptial volunteer and everything in between.

2 questions

Quiz to reiterate what was covered in the introductory lectures.

Section 2: What to Wear

Finding the best wig for you personality copletes your personality and helps you be unique as a clown. Deciding on the type, style and color can be daunting, but knownin the options and looking at other clowns can help you get a better feel for whats available.


Clothing make a professional clown. Knowing how to choose an outfit is essential to having a professional look. There is a difference between looking funny and being funny looking. One is professional and one is amateur and even small children know the difference. This lession will guide you away from pajamas and into professional clown attire.


Clowns are known for their big shoes. Professional clown shoes can be expensive. Depending on what you are doing there are other options availbale.


Wearing the wrong thing can make you look amateur and possibly scary. Clown clothing is not something you can just buy off the rack at a party store. Your outfit tells who you are and is clean and professional.

What to wear quiz
4 questions
Section 3: Make up

Like every person every clown has a unique look and personality. While you can take aspects of onther clown, stealing his or her face it wrong and should be avioded.


Knowing what kind of make up you need need is the key to a successful face. Using the wrong make up can result in disaster. The talk explains the type of make up that you need and where you should get it.


One of the most important aspects of clowning is putting on your makeup. Knowing how to do it takes much practice, but first you need to know what you are trying to accomplish. This lecture give you the basics of makeup application but to get YOUR face perfect required practice and input from other clowns on how it looks and how it can be improved.

Make up quiz
4 questions
Section 4: Your Clown Personality

Thought your clown personality can be an extension of yourself, your clown is a compeltely different person and never the two of you should meet. Knowing your clown personality and developing it with a back story and a separte life can help you turn into your character.

Personality quiz
3 questions
Section 5: What to Do

Balloons are a skill, like clowning, that must be learned and practiced. Find out your your resources to obtain those skills.


Props have a place in your clown act depending on what you are doing. But make sure you have the right prop for the right situation.

What to do quiz
4 questions
Section 6: Do's and Don'ts When a Clown
Rules of Clowning: Rules that every clown should adheare to when clowning

Hollywood can give clowns a bad wrap. Do you best not to perpetuate this stereotype that give good clowns a bad name. Understanding the myth of the bad (evil) clown can help you know how to avoid it.

Professionalism quiz
2 questions
Section 7: Professional Development

Finding places to meet with other clowns and develop your skills and better yourself as a clown. Encouraging others and swaping stories and doing joint activies as a group develop friendships and help everyone do more for others.

1 page

List of resources to find local alleys and conventions that you can attend to build your clown personallity


So you want more work? How do you get your name out in the community and beyond. You want to be the clown that everyone in your area wants to see and knows by name. That takes time and laying a foundation so that people know where to find you and know what you do.

Professional development quiz
3 questions
Section 8: Helpful Tips for New (and Old) Clowns

Birthdays are more than just fun and games, they are also serious business. Knowing who to prep for them and having a plan for the party and contingency plans if things go wrong go a long way for your reputation. Being both professional and pratical without the need to ever break character is essental to having a good birthday experience.


Hospitals and nursing homes have a special group of people that want to be entertained, but also have limitations. Knowing some of the general rules of thumb for setting up and clowning these types of locations can make the experience more enjoyable and safe.


Everyone loves a parade. A clown can be in his element in a parade. But if you are not prepared a parade can turn boring fast. Understanding clowning the parade from staging all the way till you go home can make the experience more fun for everyone.

Clowning Quiz
4 questions
Section 9: Conclution and Wrap up

A look back at what we covered and what we learned so that you can be a better clown in the community.

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Instructor Biography

J. R. Boyle, Oodles the Clown

My interest in clowning began when I was in child. The clown was a larger than life figure that commanded the audience and made them laugh. After college I pursued learning to be a clown. I have been doing clowning for over 10 years mostly locally. Though I am not as active as I was when I started, I am still interested in the clowning profession and looking at passing on the profession to a new generation of clowns. Most of my work now is more of a hobby and doing more caring clowning than paid gigs. I get the most out of clowning being a caring clown, visiting nursing homes and hospitals. I also enjoy large group clown activities such as parades or community fairs.

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