I’m a huge fan of the television show, “CHOPPED” on the Food Network. If you’ve never seen it, you need to give it a try. Though I’m far from being a chef, I’ve learned some valuable cooking skills from watching this show. I enjoy the competition, but most of all, I enjoy the creativity. These chefs are truly artist, but in a different genre. Here's a description of this reality cooking show from their website-
“Four chefs call on their culinary skills as they face off against one another to prepare a spectacular three-course meal consisting of an appetizer, entree and dessert. The catch? In each round, they have to use all the ingredients the show provides them, however unlikely they might be (Gummi Bears, anyone?). At the end of each course, a panel of three guest judges "chops" one chef who fails to measure up in terms of taste, presentation and creativity. The last chef standing takes home bragging rights and a cool $10,000.”- Chopped Food Network
So, why am I discussing a food competition on art website?
Last year, I had an idea...
Why not use a similar concept for arts and crafts?
I decided to test out my idea on 4 of my little art students last year. It was a huge success! Even the adults had so much fun that they asked if I could put together an adult class soon.
Here are the rules for “CHOPPED ART”-
There are 3 Themed Rounds (instead of appetizer, entree & dessert)-
1st Round- Bugs*
2nd Round- Animals*
3rd Round- Jewelry*
Each Round last 20 mins. For each round, everyone receives a bag with 4 hidden items (ingredients). Here’s an example-
1st Round- popsicle sticks, wiggle eyes, feathers, Fruit Loops
2nd Round- shredded paper, pipe cleaners, beads, straws
3rd Round- yarn, macaroni, aluminum foil, felt squares
They have full access to “The Pantry Items”, (the staples- scissors, pencils, Crayola crayons, markers, stapler, construction paper, paint, hot glue gun, white glue, etc) to complete each round.
In each round, they must use all the “ingredients” provided. At the end of each round, they present their art to everyone and explain how they came up with their concept. I personally did not choose to “chop” anyone. Everyone participated in all rounds. They took home 3 art projects that they had completed in only 1 hour, minus cleanup...
It was a hit!
For an adult version of the party, feel free to throw in some real obstacles. Here are some ideas for hidden ingredients-
- Beer can, empty or not, your choice.
- Fishing Lures
- Duct tape
The ideas are endless! Let me know if you try it out. If you do, please post photos on social media and make sure you tag me with #MicheleLevaniArt. If you do, I’ll make sure to share your art on my website and social media. I may even award my favorites!
Have fun and keep thinking outside the box!
*You can choose any theme for your party. This just happened to be the themes that I used.
If you need art supplies, check out these links-