South American Worry Dolls

Grade(s): 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12

Location: Visual Art Studios at St. Albert Place (Art Gallery of St. Albert)

Program Delivery: In Person, In School, and Virtual

These small colourful dolls are traditionally made in South America. According to legend, if you tell your worries to a doll before going to bed at night and put it under your pillow, you will wake up the next morning and your worries will be gone. Students learn to make their very own worry doll with colorful wire and embroidery thread. They then decorate a small wooden box in which to keep their doll safe.



  • Learn about symbolism, beliefs and culture
  • Advance wire sculpture to include tying, coiling, wrapping, in combination with other materials


Student Outcomes

  • Learn about symbolism, beliefs and culture
  • Create art for enjoyment
  • Interprets and communicates with the visual symbol
  • Creates, values, reflects upon and appreciates the cultural aspects of art