12x18 black construction paper (I like to use tru-ray fade resistant construction paper from Nasco as it is a real true black paper that gives good contrast)
white poster board (1/2 of a sheet)
white colored pencil
tools (you can use any type of tools you want-kitchen, garden, workshop, etc.)
I usually use workshop tools as there is alot of variety of sizes and shapes which makes for a more interesting composition.
First I have students trace out several different tools onto the black construction paper using the white colored pencil. I stress picking a variety of different sizes and shapes.
Then the students carefully cut around each tool.
This is the part when I really have them take their time and play around with some different compositions. I talk about the negative space and making that as interesting as the positive space. I suggest they try at least 5 different layouts before they choose the one they like the best.
Then I have them carefully glue each tool down.