What do we teach?

Q:  What do we teach at Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp?

A:  Everything!

   Maybe a better question would be… “What don’t we teach???”

If you’re willing to learn it, we’re willing to teach it!

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Click to DOWNLOAD the schedule to see how each hour is jam-packed!

Click to DOWNLOAD the descriptions of the Courses and Workshops.

Consider us like a clown college:

We offer our curriculum much in the same way as a college does: one major course and many minor electives.

COURSE : You will meet with the same instructor for 2 hours every morning, studying one — and only one — of the main courses.

WORKSHOPS : After lunch, you can choose from many different Afternoon Workshops each day! These cover every aspect of clowning, children’s entertainment, business, and performance. Sometimes the staff will be teaching portions of their course in a shorter Workshop format. We recommend you try all our staff. If you like them, then perhaps next year you will want to take a course from another staff on another subject!

Don’t know which Morning Course to choose?

pep talkRelax, we’ve gotcha covered. As part of your registration, you will receive a free P.E.P. (Personal Education Plan) Talk by way of a phone call from Tricia Manuel (aka “Pricilla Mooseburger”). Your P.E.P. Talk will help you get the most out of your time at Moose Camp.

After getting to know what sort of clowning you wish to do, Tricia will give you the best suggestions for which Course and Workshops to take. For more information about your P.E.P. Talk, go to the “What Makes Us Different” section.

 

We have been tweaking our schedule and clown training educational system since 1996, and it has evolved into the best clown school in the country (in our humble opinion).

Don’t believe us?  Read the testimonials from past students.

 

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2017 MORNING COURSES:

prop buildingBuilding & Performing with Props

Terry Ricketts

If you are going to be performing in a parade or doing any walk-around meet & greet events, then you’d better take Terry’s course! He will teach you all the INs and OUTs of building amazing props, and how to make the most out them in your performance. From pocket-sized tricks to large stage props, he has the materials you need and the expertise to help you build whatever you are dreaming up. Possible materials available will be pool noodles, plastic tubs, fabric, foam, everyday household objects, standard art supplies, and whatever else Terry finds in his collection of treasures! You may be using power tools, hot glue guns, sewing supplies, and all types of adhesive. His course will also cover ideas on how to use these props, creating hilarious patter, shtick, and gags.  You will be inspired!

 

 

clown schoolClowning 101

Gene Flaharty, Tricia Manuel, Cheri Venturi

Learn the funny art of clowning from the ground up. You will be introduced to make-up, costuming, character development, and performance skills. Their team-teaching approach will seamlessly interweave the skills that will start you on the road toward being a great clown. You will learn volumes in a short time! You will be putting on make-up every day. When you leave Moose Camp, you will have all the basics you need to begin your new life as a clown.

If you have never put on make-up before, then Clowning 101 is the right Course for you!

 

mission gospel clowningClowning with a Message

Sandy Kephart, Brenda Marshall, Brad Stone

School shows, gospel presentations, life and fire safety shows all require some specific planning. We will explore how to put together a show to present your chosen message, using the clown skills you already have.

In this Course you will also have the opportunity to use your skills and apply what has been learned during a show at a local children’s program.

NOTE: It is recommended that you have the basics of clown make-up and character developed before launching into this specialized field.

 

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Hospital and Caring Clowning

Karen Hoyer

Clowning in hospitals and nursing homes is challenging but hugely rewarding. This course will cover both the artistic choices that need to be considered as well as the limitations and precautions that this work requires. We’ll cover a variety of subjects including: forging a relationship with hospital or nursing home staff; learning the requirements for proper hygiene and universal precautions; developing age appropriate material; working solo or with a partner; preserving your own emotional health; and learning how to be an “ego-less” performer.

This course includes a visit with patients in a local care facility, with Karen supervising visits. It creates the perfect safe environment to get your feet wet in this special art of Clowning!

NOTE: It is recommended that you have the basics of clown make-up and character developed before launching into this specialized field.

 

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Intermediate Face Painting

– Annette Darragh

In this course, we will move beyond the basic brush strokes and delve into more complex designs and advanced techniques. Rainbow cakes, glitter, and stencils will also be covered. We may be able to explore special equipment (such as airbrush) if time allows.  Bring your favorite brushes and supplies. Annette will be using Mehron Paradise face paints.

We are offering a kit for $48 if you do not wish to bring your own.

NOTE: This course is intended for people who have mastered basic face painting.

If you are a beginner, we recommend you attend the basic-level workshops, demos, and labs offered during the week.

 

ImanLizarazuIntro to Eccentric Clowning

– Iman Lizarazu

We will address three areas: balance and control of the space, meeting and establishing complicity with the audience and with partners, and problem solving as a method of working on stage. After this introduction, we will explore ways of creating material and finding character. The focus is on activating the internal emotional state of the audience and helping the actor to always be interested rather than interesting.

NOTE: This Course is for folks who have been clowning already and want to take it to the next level.

 

rex nolen clownMagic, Gags, and More!

– Rex Nolen

Learn a little of everything in this course.  Rex will show you basic manipulation and misdirection, pocket magic, funny shtick, patter for gags, and bits of business for performers. Most of the items used by Rex are everyday items which can be found at a mega-mart.  This course will give you lots of ideas for meet & greets and walk-around clowning. He has decades of experience doing birthday parties and corporate events, so be sure to take notes! You will come away with plenty of practical material you can use right away when you get home!

NOTE: It is recommended that you have the basics of clown make-up and character developed before taking this Course.

desanto skoyMaterial Development

Greg DeSanto, Neal Skoy

Want to write a short gag? Need to develop an entire stage show? Are you in charge of long-term project and have to write all the skits? Greg and Neal’s experiences in the circus ring and in theater will guide you in learning the nuts and bolts of successful comedy. In this course, you will learn what makes a skit work well, and how to create your own original material. Your work in this course will produce 2 to 3 gags used in the All Star Clown Show. Bring your thinking cap!

NOTE: It is recommended that you have the basics of clown make-up and character developed before taking this Course.

 

21268000242_5b23396a72_zSolo Show Success

– Sean Carlock

Ready to make a living as a clown? Take your clowning from a hobby to a real business. Learn what the steps are to climb to success as a solo performer. There are many steps in the process of moving from variety performer, to putting on a show, and marketing it so that you can succeed in this business. Sean will take you through gathering your skills and ideas, to evaluating your needs, to putting the show together. He will review the tricks and techniques of showmanship and staging, technical needs, and how and where to market yourself and your show.

NOTE: This Course is for folks who have been clowning already and want to take it to the next level.

 

 

fred baisch volunteersVolunteer Clowning 101

– Fred Baisch

Okay, you’ve got bitten by the clown bug. You love it. But you don’t want to make a business out of it and you don’t want to join the circus.

…what option is left?  VOLUNTEERING!  This is the most popular way clowns use their talent. Fred will tell you how to get into the world of volunteer clowning and what you need to know so you don’t get burnt-out. This course will also cover easy-to-learn pieces of comedy, magic, and skits which you can use in your performance when you get home. Lots of practical material to learn. You can apply your skills at parades, county fairs, business expos, day cares, libraries, fundraisers, and any where else a clown is welcome!

NOTE: It is recommended that you have the basics of clown make-up and character developed before taking this Course.

 


2017 AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS:

(currently under construction, please come back later)

 

 


But wait — the education doesn’t stop there!

Besides the Balloon Jams and Make-up Labs, there are also late-night Magic Jams, and early morning Comic Movement, and lots of other clown training opportunities through out each day.

At Mooseburger Clown Camp, the learning never stops!

Click to DOWNLOAD the schedule to see how each hour is jam-packed!

Click to DOWNLOAD the descriptions of the Courses and Workshops.

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