[flickr size=”small” float=”right”]5057468085[/flickr] 2011 was a great year for balloon twisting, especially here in the New York City area. We had lots of heavy-hitters come through town for both workshops and casual jamming. So far, it looks like 2012 is going to be even better.
This year started off with a zillion of our friends invading Orlando for the awesome Florida SuperJam, and continues to get more exciting. Coming up this Thursday, John Reid is teaching a beginner balloon twisting workshop in Long Island. Details are on the Tricky Business website. In two weeks Larry Moss is teaching 4 excellent classes in Mystic, CT. Larry is a special guest teacher at the Clown Jamboree later this month. That is quickly followed by Twist & Shout, the premier balloon twisting convention, in Phoenix from Feb 1-5.
We’ll be back stronger than ever with regular balloon jams at the end of February. In the meantime, send new people to the monthly Free Balloon Class, and be sure to come to one of these big events.
If you are also a clown then you are probably already going to the Clown Jamboree. If you are not a clown, Larry’s classes are the reason to check it out this year. If you have not yet been to one of Larry’s classes then you should drop everything and be there. Here is what he is teaching:
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Make me a bicycle, clown
Handling requests from an audience can be a challenge. Several intermediate to advanced sculptures will be taught, including a bicycle, that can be used in restaurant and festival situations. In addition, there will be discussion of how to satisfy unexpected requests.
Balloonicature: The many faces of balloon art
Caricature with balloons. This is all about making faces of friends, family, celebrities, or anyone else you happen to want to produce out of latex balloons.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Entertaining with balloons
Turn your balloon twisting into more than a product to be handed out. Learn to apply ballooning skills to stage and street performances. Includes story-telling and climbing inside balloons.
Twisted Installations: Large scale display art
Looking to take your twisting skills in a new direction? Learn to make display pieces that no one thought were possible to create with balloons. By understanding a few techniques, anything can be created, no matter how outlandish it seems. Vases, clothing, furniture or anything else you can envision can be made. In this class, a number of methods are taught, and examples are given on how best to use each one. You will learn how to break down your subject into manageable chunks that can be tackled with basic and not-so-basic styles of balloon weaves and fabrics. Large non-round balloons, such as 646s and 350s can be used to create intricate sculpture pieces in relatively little time. Smaller balloons, like 160s and 260s can be used to add intricate details. You will understand how to make a wide range of things by the time you leave the room.