Clowning Around

Designed by Pat Hinz The clown is a comedian in a circus. His make-up and costume are his personal trademark and no other clown may dress or make up in exactly the same way. The present day circus clown has his prototype from the court jester of the Middle Ages. Clowns in early American circuses were talking and singing comedians. When circuses expanded their arenas to three rings, clowns were relegated to straight pantomime. They had reached their peak as comics. The clowns served as comic relief between the tense performances of the animals and the skilled performers. Emotions played a large part of the clown’s identity. Some of the famous clowns were Felix Adler the white-faced clown, Otto Griebling adopted a hobo-type, Emmett Kelly became famous for his sad-faced tramp. Long ago, P.T. Barnum remarked, “Clowns are pegs used to hang circuses on.” Educational Objectives: This lesson provides opportunities for students to: ·Learn how to make different shapes in clay to make facial expressions. ·Learn how to attach fired clay parts to a bisque tile to make a clown face. ·Or learn how to create an original clown from the hand-built face.
Complete Lesson Plan Clowning Around (PDF)