This was a really fun project, but it did take quite a long time to complete.
I had the students cover the front side of a copied black line coloring page with white chalk pastel. We then flipped the paper over on to the black construction paper and secured with blue painters tape. The black lines were visible through the regular copy paper so the students just traced the lines
with a pencil creating a white chalk line transfer.
The fun foam was precut into small squares beforehand, but if the space required a smaller space, they had to cut those pieces themselves. Triangle shapes worked most of the time.
They were encouraged to use more than one color tone in areas like the leaves
to create a little interest and depth.
I had the students work from the inside of the picture outward by filling the space with regular white Elmer's school glue and carefully place the foam tesserae in the space. Toothpicks were used to move the pieces to the exact space and students did need to be reminded to leave space in between the tesserae to allow the black "grout" to show through.
I also told them that the piece would be more interesting if they did not cover the entire page with tesserae but left areas foam free.The branch area was also left foam free and created a nice contrast for the yellow claws.