Trisha Donnelly: Sound Collage

Trisha Donnelly: Sound Collage

Trisha Donnelly, 2005 Hudson Showroom Artist, creates artworks that join the realms of sound and visual expression to affect the viewer’s experience.

In this activity, you will use your auditory senses to visualize and create a collage based off a song of your choice.

A sheet of white paper (any size!)
A sheet of tracing paper
Various colors of tissue paper (construction paper also works!)
Colored Pencils
A Glue Stick
Music (your choice!)


  1. Choose your favorite song. Listen to the music with your eyes open, then listen again with your eyes closed. What colors do you see when you listen to the music? What is the mood or tone of the music? Listen closely to the lyrics and instruments.
  2. Using your tissue or construction paper, create a collage, which reflects the imagery you envisioned while listening to your favorite song, on your white paper. Cut the paper, rip it, or make shapes and objects. Think about what image you are trying to create.
  3. When you have finished your collage, place the tissue or construction paper aside, and gather your colored pencils and tracing paper.
  4. With your eyes open or closed, listen to your music again. While listening to your music, use color pencils to create a drawing of the sound’s imagery on the tracing paper.
  5. When the drawing is completed, layer it onto your collage. (Optional: cut out shapes from your drawing, and glue them onto your collage.)
  6. Create a title for your composition and share on social media—tag us: @artpace, #ArtpaceAtHome; #MakeArtHappen.

To read about Trisha Donnelly’s 2005 Hudson Showroom exhibition, Trisha Donnelly, please visit our Residences and Exhibitions page.

Samples by Artpace Education Intern Ryene Sanders. Song for the sound collage is Hunnybee by Unknown Mortal Orchestra.