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image of O'Ryan Arrowroot plate spinning 4 plates on his head. Text: F.I.N.E. Artist Workshop: the art of clowning with O'Ryan 'the O'mazing' Arrowroot

F.I.N.E. Art Residency Workshop: The Art of Clowning

F.I.N.E. Artist Residency Event

March 31, 2019

Come explore ideas of identity, culture, and humor through the art of theatrical clowning with F.I.N.E. Artist, O'Ryan 'the O'Mazing' Arrowroot!

Clowns have always been a reflection of our culture - to be the fool, we must embrace and laugh at our differences, our commonalities, and the beautiful mistakes that make us human.

So what better way to get to know the world we live in than by being fools in it? Through a series of group games and activities, this workshop unpacks our thoughts and feelings about clowns and ourselves - with lots of laughter along the way!

Whether it's a balloon, a scarf, or a red nose, we take the tools of the common clown and explore their possibilities and their meaning to us. Prop play, visual art, and character acting all come together in this O’Mazing workshop to help us understand ourselves and the world we live in.

This workshop is FREE.  For ages 8-10.

Space is limited and registration is required. All registrants should bring a brown bag lunch. Popcorn will be provided for snack. Please contact Zena Ruiz: with any concern for allergies. 


O’Ryan “the O’Mazing” Arrowroot is a career clown and circus performer here in the Pittsburgh area. From stages and ballrooms, to orphanages and refugee camps, O’Ryan has been bringing the art of clowning to children of all ages and backgrounds for over a decade, and is constantly amazed by both the impact that clowns have on children, and the impact that children can have on a clown. 

I became an artist because it was the only thing that made sense. I became a clown because nothing makes sense. - O'Ryan "the O'Mazing" Arrowroot

For more information, please contact Zena Ruiz at 412.322.5058 x201 or

This residency is supported by the Fine Foundation.