Art Lesson Plan: Food Sculpture

Playing With Food Sculpture

Submitted by: Catherine King
UNIT: Sculpture - Careers
Lesson: Playing with Food - Food sculpture
Grade Level: High School (adaptable to middle school)



TSW learn proper cutting techniques
TSW learn about pattern and design
TSW learn to use food as a sculptural medium
TSW learn about career of Garde Manger



  • Prepare a PowerPoint from food art examples found online

  • Experiment with cutting techniques

  • Prepare Item Lotto - Students will draw from a hat subject choices - PERSON, LAND ANIMAL, PLANT/FLOWER, INSECT, WATER ANIMAL, Architecture, VEHICLE

food      food     food
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Standards Met
Standard 1: Creating, Performing, and Participating in the Arts
Students will actively engage in the processes that constitute creation and performance in the arts (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts) and participate in various roles in the arts.
Standard 2: Knowing and Using Arts Materials and Resources
Students will be knowledgeable about and make use of the materials and resources available for participation in the arts in various roles.



For Demo
      1. 1 Carrot
      2. 1 Green Pepper
      3. 1 Baking Potato
      4. Toothpicks
      5. Paring Knife
      6. Channeling Knife
      7. Cutting Board

For student work
      8. Sketch paper Worksheet doc (Word file)
      9. Drawing Pencils.
     10. Baking Potatoes
     11. Carrots - Green/Red Peppers
     12. Apples (any kind)
     13. Grapes/Radishes
     14. Toothpicks
     15. Cloves
     16. Knives
     17. Mat board. for cutting on (and display)
     18. Lemon Juice/Spray Bottle
     19. Item Lotto (see note) any additional fruits and vegetables desired.


1.      PowerPoint Presentation - "Go Ahead - Play With Your Food" (Not submitted with lesson)
2.      Demo - Palm Tree


1.      Garde Manger
2.      Brainstorming
3.      Medium
4.      Paring Knife
5.      Channel Knife

Palm Tree example

Set up and Distribution, Process and Steps

DEMO - Palm Tree

  1. Take the paring knife and cut the potato in half, demonstrating safe cutting techniques to the students

  2. Place the potato on a piece of mat board or paper for display

  3. Cut the top and bottom off of the carrot, and use the channeling knife to make the channels down the body of the carrot.

  4. Using the paring knife, cut notches into the tree to represent the bark of the palm tree

  5. Using the paring knife, cut a jagged edge in the pepper to create the leaves of the palm tree.

  6. Using toothpicks, attach the carrot to the potato, and the pepper to the carrot to create the finished product.

Class #1

  1. Provide Worksheet to each student at beginning of class.

  2. Show PowerPoint presentation on food sculpture and encourage student responses on materials and objects used in sculpture

  3. Demo on creating a pepper palm tree, making sure to discuss safe cutting techniques.

  4. Each team of 4 students will be assigned two food items. They are as such:
    Potato & Carrot, Apple & Radish, Potato & Radish, Apple & Carrot, Radish & Carrot, Potato & Apple.

  5. Students will write down what their food items will be on their worksheet.

  6. Sculpture item lottery - Each team will pick from a hat what kind of item they will be creating - Items will then be written down on the worksheet. The options are: Person, Land Animal, Plant/Flower, Insect, Water Animal, Architecture, & Vehicle.

  7. Begin sketches - plan additional fruits and vegetables needed. Bring in what is needed next day.

Class #2

  1. Have food items available for students (teams can supply some of their own)

  2. Demonstrate proper and safe cutting techniques before providing cutting tools to students

  3. Provide Mat board. to each team to cut on

  4. Provide toothpicks & cloves to each team

  5. Finish sketches - select best for sculpture - each team assign duties to members

  6. Teams will construct sculpture with items provided.

  7. Critique at end of class to provide feedback on the overall success of each team's project.

  8. Photograph student work. Optional: Invite faculty to judge the work - award prizes for winning sculptures.


  1. How well did each group handle the assignment?

  2. Did the entire group participate in the design and creation of the sculpture?

  3. Suggestions, ideas, ways to improve upon the project

  4. Grading Rubric

Clean up

  1. Students will sponge clean each table

  2. Throw out scraps left over from the project

  3. Who keeps the finished piece?

  4. One student in each group will clean the knife

Saving and Storage

Photograph each piece. The shelf life is very limited, so there is no long term storage.



Student Handout and Rubric word (Word file)


Alternate Rubric:


Assessment Rubric

Students Names:

Class Period:

Assignment: Food Sculpture

Date Completed:

Circle the number in pencil that best shows how well you feel that you completed that criterion for the assignment.




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Teacher’s Rating

Criteria 1 – Sketches for sculptures


9 – 8


6 or less



Criteria 2 – Originality of sculpture design


9 – 8


6 or less



Criteria 3 – Cutting and assemblage of sculpture. Presentation of Sculpture


9 – 8


6 or less



Criteria 4 – Effort: took time to develop idea & complete project? (Didn’t rush.) Good use of class time? Participation in Group


9 – 8


6 or less



Criteria 5 – Craftsmanship – Neat, clean & complete? Skillful use of the art tools & media?


9 – 8


6 or less



Total: 50 (possible points)






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