The following classes are unlikely to change but changes can always occur. More classes or descriptions to be added. A final class schedule will be sent out to all registered a week prior to the conference.
Classes by Rick & Monica Chaney
PROPS TO THE PROPS!
A zany-fun- and- wild-set- your pants- on- fire class! Come on in as the Chaney's do live action demonstrations of how to utilize props to help you in your journey as you are getting comfortable in your clown skin. Whether you are a First of May, or well-seasoned, there is something to spark your creativity in this class. Feel free to bring your favorite walk around props!"
If you don’t have the funds to get started with an airbrush system and don’t have the ability to do brush face painting but still want to work at festivals, this class is for you. If you are looking for a SIMPLE FOOL PROFF WAY TO ENTERTAIN AND THAT REQUIRES LITTLE CREATIVITY OR SO CALLED TALENT… This class is for you!! Kids love them and so will you! Fun for the whole family. They are fun and easy to do. You will see how to apply Glitter Tattoos and see the right products to do this right without a lot of startup cost. (Supplies provided)
THE GOSPEL IN GREASEPAINT
How to build a show around a concept in the Word of God… and still be FUNNY!! Rick and Monica take this seriously. The goal of this class is to equip ourselves with excellence in skills and performance that will provide the audience with a “WOW” that carries both the message of God, and clowning!
What goes up, must come down, and it’s a lot of fun too! Rick Chaney is a gifted and patient teacher who promises that he can teach ANYONE to juggle in just ten minutes!! Dress comfortably and come join us. We provide everything you’ll need. (Discounted juggling sets will be provided to be sold separately, but not required for this class.)
TRADITIONAL CLOWN MAKE-UP CLASS
Rick’s heritage as the ‘son of Mister Clown, Earl Chaney’ plays a role in everything he teaches. Together with his wife Monica, they discuss the roots of make-up, the different types and will do a class demonstration of application steps for building your clown’s character and bringing giggles, smiles and laughter to the world. No supplies necessary, however if you have a make- up kit and wish to bring it, that would be helpful. When you’re smiling…the whole world smiles with you!
Classes by Shane Willbanks
THE MAGIC OF COMMUNICATING THE GOSPEL
Learn how to be an effective Communicator of the Gospel that captures, connects, communicates and challenges the audience. This lecture will include introduction to basic Gospel knowledge and important communication skills. The Gospel Magician must master not only the “Magic Trick” but more importantly the delivery and presentation of the “Gospel Message”.
GOSPEL SPEED PAINTING
Learn how to perform fast Gospel Paintings before an audience. This lecture will include introduction to basic Speed Painting knowledge and skills as well as hands-on workshop. You can speak a few words in 3-5minutes in only 1 language or you can learn to paint a picture worth 1,000 words that transcends all languages.
GOSPEL AIRBRUSH ART
Learn how to Airbrush Gospel Canvas Paintings before an audience. This lecture will include introduction to basic Airbrush knowledge and skills as well as hands-on workshop. Airbrush is a very unique medium in which the artist never touches the canvas, but its beauty is sure to touch the heart.
4 TRICKS / 4 OBJECT LESSONS
Let’s take a look at 4 simple illusions that can be used to communicate some solid Bible truth. Shane will walk you through four tricks that have proven highly effective in his many years of ministry. You will be able to take these and use in your Sunday School or, in your next VBS. Either way, you will get the message across in a way that will get their attention!
Classes by Brittany Miller
BALLOONS. CHECK! NOW WHAT?!
(Beginner Balloon Artists)
- From blowing up and tying a knot to making your first balloon creations. This course is your first stop on your balloon journey. This course is recommended for those who have yet to try out balloons, or who have just started their journey.
DECK THE HALLS!
(Intermediate Balloon Artists)
It's never too early to get in the holiday spirit! Join Brittany as we go through Christmas designs that will jazz up every holiday event! Includes a menu and list of balloons needed to start entertaining at your church this December!
PUMPKIN SPICE IT UP!
(Intermediate Balloon Artists)
Brittany is ready to show you designs catered for your churches trunk or treat and harvest festivals. Get ready to dive into some fun, not scary, Halloween designs. Includes a menu and list of balloons needed to make your shopping a piece of cake... or pumpkin pie ;)!
HIP HOP POP!
(Intermediate Balloon Artists)
Easter is my favorite holiday! Get ready to hop into some great Easter designs for your church or Easter event. From crosses to bunnies, we got you covered! Includes a menu and list of balloons needed to get you started.
Uke can do it!
Ukulele is not just an instrument for playing at the beach. It can also be a great tool for entertainers and any leader in early children ministry. Join Brittany as we learn the essentials and even play a song or two. You will go home with some music sheets and the know how to read chords. Best way to make the most of this class is bringing your own ukulele, so go ahead, dust it off and bring it. Or better yet, us this as the excuse you needed to buy one.
Classes by Micah LeClerq
Micah will teach you to turn your church’s pulpit into a puppet pulpit! Ventriloquism is not just talking without moving your lips—the art also includes puppet manipulation, puppet quality, puppet voices, puppet personality distinction, puppet script writing, and much more, which will all be instructed in this course! This class will not only teach the basics of being a ventriloquist but will expand on how to convert entertainment into education, as well as what resources are available for your aspiring ministry. Do you like silly voices? Puppets? Talking to yourself? Then VENT 101 is the class for you!
Classes by Brennon Spikes
GOSPEL CLOWNING - BACK TO BASICS
WARNING this could get preachy!!! If gospel clowning is new to you or if you are experienced in gospel clowning this class will have something for you. We will talk about what we could be doing vs. what we get asked to do. Church Staff members and Pastors unfamiliar with gospel clowning are encouraged to attend.
Ever wonder why clowns wear makeup? We will discuss clown history and makeup design. We will talk about the practical side of different styles and why the work better in different settings. This is a class to help you consider many facts before choosing a makeup that’s right for you. This is NOT a class on how to apply makeup.
HOW TO STRETCH YOUR CLOWN DOLLARS.
Is the budget tight for clown supplies? How can we afford to perform our best? Costumes, magic tricks, walk arounds, we will discuss all that and more. I will bring my ideas if you will bring yours for this discussion type class.
BALLOON LINE COMBAT TACTICS
Lines can be brutal. Nobody likes to stand in a long, slow, and boring line. So forget the post office and come to this class. Here we will look at practical ideas get that line moving and send everyone on their way with a smile… and a balloon. Learn how to survive to twist another day.
Classes by Bruce Chadwick
PRESENTING THE GOSPEL MESSAGE WITH ILLUSIONS
This session emphasizes how to witness and share the Gospel using simple illusion effects. The session covers how to use close-up effects for personal witnessing as well as how to use illusion effects in large group settings. Additionally, the course includes simple guidelines that will help you share your faith.
MAGIC IN YOUR POCKETS
Let’s take a look at easy tricks that you can carry in your pockets to entertain crowds wherever you go. Whether you are working in the classroom, at the fair doing “walkaround” or entertaining people while they wait in line for something, these effects will come in handy. Learn some of these and you will be a favorite at the next Easter Egg Hunt, Block Party, or Fall Festival.
What is it that magicians have that makes them so attractive? (besides good looks). Is it the mysterious apparatus, the funny stories, or the flashy effects? The answer is: all of the above. We will discuss why magic is often better when you tell a story rather than just showing people a trick. We will also talk about how to engage the audience by using a volunteer. All of this while, taking a look at some beautiful but simple effects that you can do… if you come to this class.
Classes by Shawn Patrello
IMPROV SKILLS FOR PERFORMERS
Put on your funny thinking hat (and your tacky socks) Group activities to help you think “on your feet” This is an up-and-moving, interactive class to get your brain juices flowing! We will talk about the basics of improvisation and we will do some fun exercises where you get to participate. Supplies needed: A positive outlook, willingness to get a little silly, and be open to having fun and making friends!
WORKING ON STAGE PRESENCE WITH IMPROV
Anyone performing in front of a crowd wants to make sure they have the audience’s attention, especially if you have a message as important as the gospel. We will use fun Improv games an exercises that you can use to let the fun part of you come out and play. We will talk about
how to grab your audience’s attention and keep it. Tips on playing it big when doing stage performances; from movements to expressions, to speaking.
Classes by Veronica Portugal
FACE PAINTING FOUNDATIONS PART 1 (Beginners)
Not just for the newbie but for anyone looking to enhance their designs using basic techniques! In this class we will focus on all the Basics of face painting, this will help make sure as you progress as an artist you will never stay as a stagnant artist but continue to grow as long as you implement the techniques. WE will learn about product - what type of product is appropriate for the type of designs you are doing and what are the best ways to use them. Line techniques; lines are so important, and they need to be perfected as a beginner and not as you grow as an artist. Sponging; we will learn the proper way to blend, and build color without using a cake. We will take a look at 2-4 designs that are basic, but will use advanced techniques to make them more elaborate.
FACE PAINTING FOUNDATIONS PART 2 (Beginners - Intermediate)
You may be a new artist, but it won’t show with these awesome tips and tricks! In this more advanced face painting class we will learn about focal points, dry blending, fixing mistakes with your lines, stencils, background colors. We will feature 2-3 great designs that will wow your audience every time! You may have been painting a couple months to a couple of years and are not happy where you are as an artist. But don’t let that stop you! Let's play with some basic techniques to bring you to the next level overnight. Some of us just need to incorporate some basic techniques to change the way we do things. This class will help your designs come to life, make basic designs more elaborate and will help you become more creative! Attend and you won’t regret it!
FANCY SCHMANCY GIRL DESIGNS
Fancy Faces? That's what Veronica is about. Let’s face it, girls are crazy about getting their face painted. (no pun intended) We're going to take a look at those techniques that are pro-like to help make beautiful (and girly) designs. This class will incorporate lots of glitter, swirls and curls... and all the schmansy stuff for girls. This is an intermediate to advanced class.
Felines have always been popular, and we think they may be on high demand after a certain movie coming out in December. Whether you're painting a kitty or a tiger, we'll take a look at the basics principles of painting a purrrfect cat face. Veronica will share the tricks of the trade on how to make those cat faces look spectacular. You will have some happy customers saying meow in no time!
Classes by Sam Tee
CLOWNING - MINISTRY - MISSION
Gain a better understanding of different peoples or groups with their unique culture practices. Exploration on how culture impacts creative arts performances. Discover the joy of stepping out of our comfort zone to where the Lord leads. We are the extended hands of Christ!
CREATIVE BALLOONING FOR THE GOSPEL
Learn how to twist and talk at the same time! Discover how to use the simplest twist of
the balloon to convey the gospel message. Both beginning and advanced balloon
twisters will benefit from this class.
MUSIC, ROUTINES & MORE...
Using music on some routines to amplify a message. Sam will share several such routines that he has used to minister all over the world.
MUSIC FOR DUMMIES
Your show is better with music! Music adds a whole new dimension to your skits and routines. Learn how easy it is to find, choose and include music in your act. Batteries not included.
Uncle button presents.... Comedy, Magic, balloon, music, fun & messages. Come and learn from international performer Sam Tee. See some of the routines that have proven effective for him all across the world. You will be inspired!
Classes by Trent & Jessica Black
THE FUNDAMENTALS OF PUPPETRY
In order for the art of puppetry to be most effective, we have to master the fundamentals and advanced techniques to make the puppet character most believable. In this session, let's discuss what these basic techniques are and how you can easily practice and develop your puppetry skills.
BRINGING A PUPPET SONG TO LIFE
Puppetry songs are a great way to use this art form in your ministry. Learn how to take your song from ordinary to something the audience remembers. We will discuss the many different options you can take to truly bring your puppet song to life!
There is nothing quite like the exciting effect of Black light! Using simple lighting and neon colors, you can wow an audience. From puppetry, stick ministry, props and more, this unique art form certainly brings an element to your ministry that the audience will not soon forget! We will talk about the essentials for black light puppetry to work and how to take it to the next level!
Reverse black light is taking a fresh approach on shadow puppetry - life size! Come find out how to make a Glow in the dark wall and truly "leave your mark" on the audience with any piece you decide to perform. This art style is sure to become a favorite for any ministry team!
USING CREATIVE MINISTRY IN CHILDREN'S MINISTRY
Children's Ministry is a vital ministry in the church. As Children's Leaders, we should so whatever we can to most effectively teach the children in our care the Gospel. Creative Ministry is a powerful tool that can be effective in helping children understand and remember the Gospel concepts. There are many different forms of Creative Ministry we will discuss in this session to help bring your Children's Ministry to the next level.
Classes by Kornpop McCullough
BEGINNING BALLOON DECOR
Did you ever see those beautiful balloon arches or columns, or maybe even a photo backdrop and wonder how they did it? Well let me show you how you can make your VBS or your Daddy-Daughter Dance make people want to come and see what you do next. In this hands on class, you’ll learn basic columns and arches, so you can color your church or event with balloons.
Learn how to make great balloon costumes for parades or VBS using Link O Loon Balloons. When you show up as a dancing Christmas Tree, or maybe a Minion, everyone will want a picture with you. A hands on class that will make you laugh out loud.
Classes by Larry Hipps
FUN WAYS TO CHOOSE VOLUNTEERS
Every entertainer needs volunteers, so why not incorporate picking people to help as part of your performance? Here’s over a dozen fun and creative ways to choose a volunteer that you can start using right away. We will close this workshop by allowing you to share your favorite way to choose helpers.
WHAT A CHILDREN’S PASTOR LOOKS FOR IN A GUEST SPEAKER
Suggestions from a long time children’s pastor on how to book churches as a Christian Entertainer. With just a little work, you can increase the prospects of a working with a church in VBS, a special event or simply on a Sunday morning. A practical and easy to understand workshop that will help you if you are want to work with churches.