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Well on the Web is an extension of the programs available in the Wellspring Centres across the country, enabling those who live far from a physical centres, or those not well enough to leave their homes, with access to Wellspring’s special brand of care and support.

Creating and Exploring the Self through Soft Sculpture

Facilitator:  Tianna Mapstone

Art has the power to transform and transcend our experiences with daily life. As well as being meditative and relaxing, art can help us to explore thoughts and feelings as we understand ourselves more deeply.

Doll-making in particular has been used across many cultures as a creative and therapeutic medium even pre-existing cave painting. Dolls have the capacity to soothe us, to help us explore and express our stories, and to teach us about ourselves.

In this 6 week virtual program, we incorporate primarily found materials, scraps of fabric and other household items to build and decorate dolls and other soft sculptures. We move through the process of creating an intention, with a simple doll and then encouraged to allow our creativity to flow freely as they create several more doll projects. There is much to learn each week as we create, reflect upon, and explore this expressive art. No sewing experience is needed, and no previous experience necessary. The focus of this program is on the creative process and making use of what we already have in our day to day lives.

Materials List:

Scrap pieces of fabric-any size, but at least a few that are about 12×12 inches square

(try to have a few different types of fabric or patterns if possible)

Yarn or string


Paper, pen/pencil, and a journal for writing in

Glue gun and glue sticks


No-sew glue for gluing fabric together




Any decorative items which you are drawn towards

Optional items might include:

Old keys, wire, popsicle sticks, felt, paint, model magic, polymer clay, extra yarn or string for hair, pom poms, feathers, sewing supplies-needle and thread, bits of foam, felting wool, pipe cleaners, small sea shells… etc… your creativity is the only limit!

Tip: Local thrift stores and dollar stores can be a wealth of inexpensive craft supplies and can help to spur the imagination. Look to old or worn out clothing, odd socks, or broken jewelry – as it all can become material for doll-making and soft sculpture

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Program Details

Upcoming Dates:

New Schedule Coming Soon!


Expressive Art

Designed For:

Patients, Caregivers, Bereaved



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