Clown for fun and profit: Learning the art of clowning
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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
4.3 (48 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
169 students enrolled
Created by J. R. Boyle
Last updated 4/2016
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 downloadable resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • 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
  • Ablity to make fun of yourself
  • Sense of humor
  • A passion for makeing people laugh

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.

Who this course is for:
  • 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
Course content
Expand all 22 lectures 01:16:58
+ Introduction
3 lectures 05:38

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

Preview 01:49

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

Preview 01:20

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

Preview 02:29

Quiz to reiterate what was covered in the introductory lectures.

General Clowning Quiz
2 questions
+ What to Wear
4 lectures 06:14

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.

It's all about the hair: Finding the clown wig that works for you as a clown

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.

Clown clothes: How to find a outfit suitable for your clown personality

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

Finding the best clown shoes so you don't break your budget or your neck

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 not to wear or How not to be a clown or How a fake clown dresses
What to wear quiz
4 questions
+ Make up
3 lectures 22:43

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.

Preview 00:52

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.

Not just any make up will do. Picking clown make up to have your best face

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.

Doing make up right takes practice and time, learn how to do it properly
Make up quiz
4 questions
+ Your Clown Personality
1 lecture 03:03

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.

Developing a clown personality, the clown is a diferent person all together
Personality quiz
3 questions
+ What to Do
2 lectures 05:47

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

Preview 02:47

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.

Prop it up: using the best props for the best laugh and function or occation
What to do quiz
4 questions
+ Do's and Don'ts When a Clown
2 lectures 04:26
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.

Preview 01:05
Professionalism quiz
2 questions
+ Professional Development
3 lectures 09:54

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.

Alleys, Associations and Conventions... Oh My: honing your skill with others

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

Finding an alley, association and Convention:where to find help getting involved
1 page

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.

Finding Work
Professional development quiz
3 questions
+ Helpful Tips for New (and Old) Clowns
3 lectures 16:40

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.

Professional/Practical Clowning a Birthday Party: more then just fun and games

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.

Tips for Clowning a Hospital or Nursing Home:Different audience different skills

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.

Tips for Clowning a Parade:making the most of your act to big and distant group
Clowning Quiz
4 questions
+ Conclution and Wrap up
1 lecture 01:33

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

Wrap up: where we have been where we can go on to becoming a professional clown