Are you aware that there are at least three types of clowns? Therefore, they
don't all look the same. For the most part they use make up to exaggerate
and elicit humor in people. Here are the types of clowns:
1. Hobo or tramp, with worn out clothes, painted on beards and sad faces;
examples include Emmett Kelly, Red Skelton, etc., Usually the smarter clown
with a wry sense of humor.
2. Classic or whiteface: a typically European influenced clown, sometimes
includes mimes like Marcel Marcieu, Charlie Chaplin and Harpo Marx (who did
not wear heavy make up) and Ronald McDonald. Often a sly magician, or
sleight of hand expert.
3. Auguste clown, who wear much less make-up, using colors such as red,
peach, orange, etc., instead of all white. They usually accent their mouths
and eyes though and wear bright colored wigs. Usually the buffoon or clumsy
clown. Bozo, Lou Jacobs (the big gangling clown with his little dog that
climbed out of that tiny car of his) are examples of Auguste clowns.
However, there are sub-categories of each of these types. To learn more
about the fascinating world of clowns go to the Clowns of America
International or the World Clown Association websites.
Clowning is alive and well and it is another art form, next to painting,
dance or music. I hope this has been informative and interesting. It is not
so easy to lump all "clowns" together in any one category and dismiss them
because "you" don't like the way they look. Thanks for bearing with me!
Sloopy Da Clown
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>TEACHERARTEXCHANGE Digest for Monday, July 30, 2007.
>1. RE: Clowns
>2. Re: Clowns
>Subject: RE: Clowns
>From: "Maureen" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 09:51:08 -0600
>I have not been able to stay a regular contributor as work has been very
>busy. However, I always check the posts and continue to enjoy the many,
>informative discussions about art, art education and education in general.
>have been watching this particular discussion and have guessed that it has
>gone on for some while now. It seems to have touched some nerves in
>"um...I say that is all poopycock! Once kids get past that phony stuff
>heard about clowns, they can laugh and really enjoy themselves. Yes, there
>are wacko clowns like Stephen King's, JW Gacy and a few others. Heck, there
>are wackos we've had in the Whitehouse too! BUT, most clowns perform to
>bring joy and happiness to all ages, 9 months to 99 years old. For most
>people, clown phobias are not real. Sounds like you got out of the wrong
>side of the bed....hmmm? HONK, HONK!! lol!!! Maybe you need a clown to
>Honestly, I do not like clowns for the most part. I just don't like the way
>they look. Maybe many of you out there just cannot understand that but, oh
>well, move on.
>Subject: Re: Clowns
>Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 13:21:40 -0400
><<Honestly, I do not like clowns for the most part. I just don't like
>they look. Maybe many of you out there just cannot understand that but,
>well, move on. >>
>I too have been riveted by this brief discussion. As teachers we have
>to guard against believing that just because we like (or dislike)
>something, that our students _all_ feel the same way about it. I was
>very uncomfortable around certain benign clown figures as a child and I
>did not "get over it" until I was well into adulthood, despite the fact
>that those clowns may have had My Best Interests at heart. And that
>point (how I felt) is not arguable, is it?
>Education policy dictates what is in The Best Interests of the child.
>But it may be benevolently misguided in some cases. Student-centered
>teaching and learning attempts to address this enormous diversity of
>needs by setting up the circumstances for students to accommodate
>themselves and find a way of learning that suits them best. We can't
>know how each of our students feels inside. But we need to make it
>possible for them to find a way to be safe and comfortable in our
>Great discussion!!! It really got me thinking on this hot and muggy day.
>k-3 massachusetts, retired
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