Little Wilds: Dollmaking in Expressive Arts Therapy


Sibel Golden, PhD, LMHC, REAT and Jennifer Levine, Graduate of the San Francisco School of Circus Arts, MFA (in process), SUNY New Paltz.

Read more about our Instructors/Facilitators.

Dates: Friday July 30 AND Saturday July 31, 2021
Hours: 9 am – 12:00 pm (Pacific Time) each day.
Location:  ONLINE via Zoom
CEs: 6 CEs


The creation and use of dolls in Expressive Arts Therapy offers rich healing prospects. The opportunity to create a tangible representation of self and/or others has therapeutic applications including processing grief, reviewing childhood experiences, identity construction, attachment issues, and complex trauma, to name a few. Bringing the doll into form or “being” is a creative process that brings together so much of what is available in the expressive arts approach: the visual and tactile; working with metaphor and symbolism; play, storytelling, and enactment.

In this workshop participants will engage in a simple, hands-on process and learn to turn a few basic supplies into soft sculpture doll creations.

Through an open and free creative process, you will discover the many characters just waiting to “be born” through your hands and imagination.

This process can easily be taught to children grades 3 and up but is not just for children! No art-making experience is necessary!


  1. Learn how the Expressive Arts process supports psychological safety and creative freedom.
  2. Learn a simple, hands-on process to create dolls with basic materials.
  3. Engage in meaningful personal narrative process to bring your doll to “life” and tell its story.
  4. Learn how the creation of dolls can be of value in a variety of therapeutic contexts (includes resource list).

Supplies needed:

  • Fabric – The ideal fabric to use is felt. If you have an old 100 percent wool sweater, you can run it in the dryer, and it will turn to felt. If you don’t have felt, any cotton fabric will do – you can use an old t-shirt, towel, etc., though a bit thicker like terry cloth is better.
  • Embroidery needle and thread (larger needles and colored thread).
  • Stuffing – can be polyfill, old pillow insides, fabric (i.e., the rest of the shirt)

Great to have:

  • Hot glue gun
  • Buttons
  • Yarn
  • Fabric markers
  • Embroidery hoop


    Northwest Creative & Expressive Arts Institute is a NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider ™,
ACEP No. 7014.




  • Little Wilds
    July 30, 2021
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Little Wilds
    July 31, 2021 - August 31, 2021
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Details Price Qty
Little Wilds: Dollmaking in Expressive Arts Therapy $199.00 (USD)  

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