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Teaching Artist Ian Faria Shares Two of His Favorite Art Projects

You can often find Teaching Artist Ian Faria behind the Clay Bar, but this multifaceted artist works in video and music as well. Below, Ian shares his two favorite at-home art projects. Follow along with the steps and share anything you create with us using the hashtag #cmanychallenge!

How-To: Party Masks


  • 1 sheet of sturdy construction paper
  • 1 popsicle stick
  • Glue
  • Paint or markers
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Cut an oval out of construction paper. Make sure it will be large enough to cover most, if not all, of your face.

Cut out two eye holes.

Glue the popsicle stick to the bottom of the oval (this will act as the mask’s handle).

Paint or draw a face on one side.

Paint another face on the other side.

Have fun!

How-To: Clay Rose


  • Red clay (or any color — this will be for the flower)
  • Green clay (this will be for the base)

For the flower, roll the red clay back and forth until you’ve made the shape of a long noodle. Roll the clay gently, slow and steady, Don’t let it get too thin, or it might break.

Flatten the noodle with your thumb, but not so flat that it breaks apart!

Starting at one end, gently roll the clay into a spiral. If possible, try to roll the clay at a slight angle, so that the starting point of the spiral protrudes from the center of the finished flower Now you have your flower!

For the stem, roll your green clay into the shape of a long noodle. Save some of the green for the leaves as well.

To make the leaves, roll out a few small pieces of green clay into the shapes of tiny eggs.

Flatten the eggs between your fingers and pinch the ends. Stick them onto your stem and now you have it — your rose!

Present your clay rose to someone you love!

While our doors are closed, CMA is here for you and your family with at-home art projects to keep children entertained and engaged. However, every day we’re closed puts the future of CMA in further jeopardy. 

Will you be there for us? Every dollar you donate directly supports the Museum and ensures that CMA will remain a pillar of educational and artistic leadership in New York City. Click here to donate.

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