Clowning Around


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Workshop Session Plan
Key Learning Outcomes



Susan aka Peacefull clowned with Patch Adams in Russia. This was a wonderful experience of clowning in hospitals, on the streets, in nursing homes and orphanages. Clowns have different personalities and each person can make up their own clown as they explore the silly part of themselves. Clowning is an ancient artform originally seen as the archetype which releases people from the structures of life and frees them through the levity of the human spirit. It sets them free to laugh and have fun together.

Susan has clowned all over the world in places such as: Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, Egypt, UK, Ireland, USA, Costa Rica, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand and of course Russia with Dr. Patch Adams. Clowing releases joy and encourages play and letting go. It is fantastic in reducing stress and feeling fantastic.

Workshop Focus:
To learn the art of play
Target Audience:
Staff and students
55 minutes
Expected Outcomes:

To learn to have fun, relax and explore different techniques to develop the inner clown.  To learn to become the clown is to not take yourself so seriously and change your mood.  It teaches you to see the silly side of life and become light hearted.

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This program fosters humour, team building, de-masking and learning to see in another way . The humour promoted in this program is healthy and productive.

After clowning around the mood of students will change, as will outlooks on life. Let’s face it at times life is a joke and it is important to see the funny side and not take it all too seriously.  Clowning is an excellent way of having fun with others without competiting, enjoying being together and laughing together.  This is great for team/class building and learning to see each other in fun ways.

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Workshop Session Plan

  • Warm up…or warming up
  • Introduction: making life more fun! creating happy places with humour and positivity, snap out of moods
  • Finding your clown – ya clown! A sense of humour – dress ups;
  • Clowning techniques:  mime, funny walks, faces, tripping etc.
  • Learning to laugh out loud
  • Clowning Props demo
  • Group activities:  Paint your own mask
  • Relaxation and visualization – happiness.

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Key Learning Outcomes

  • To develop positive psychology.
  • To learn to be proactive in fostering positive environments.
  • To learn not to take yourself too seriously.
  • To learn about your clown and how to express that.
  • To develop clown skills.
  • To learn to laugh out loud together.
  • To learn about the mask.
  • To learn to relax and visualise happiness. 

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