The people behind Stepping Stones Expressive Arts

Wendy and Rachel together

Rachel and Wendy have worked in many different social service settings. Both Wendy and Rachel use art and creativity as a focus – personally and professionally. They truly enjoy their creative partnership at Stepping Stones Expressive Arts. With love and laughter, they build on each other’s ideas. They will bring you unique and playful art-making experiences. The focus will be on personal learning and growth.


About Rachel and Wendy


Rachel's Bio picture

Rachel Tanner (Bachelor of Social Work) brings her heart and soul to her work as an Expressive Arts Guide. For many years she has been a pottery teacher. She gently encourages her students to reach beyond “conventional” clay pieces. Rachel will allow you to follow your creative spirit. She wholeheartedly celebrates the accomplishments of her students. Rachel has taught and supported people with a wide variety of abilities. Rachel has worked in many different settings, including:

  • Homer Watson Gallery
  • Developmental Services Resource Centre
  • Family and Children’s Services
  • Waterloo Region District School Board
  • Long-term care
  • Bridges to Belonging
  • Her neighbourhood and her home studio.

In addition to being an Expressive Arts Guide, Rachel has her own vibrant Independent Facilitation private practice.



Wendy's Bio picture

Wendy Newbery (Hon BA Fine Art, MSc Family Studies), brings her incredible passion for Expressive Arts into her work in this field. She has shared her creative spirit with the world through her visual art. She uses various media, including painting, photography and fibre. Wendy is able to see art in the “everyday.” She relishes the process of creating art in a way that is contagious to those around her.

Her early work was in the sexual health field. After this, she shifted her focus to the world of people living with disabilities. She has become a well-known advocate and voice in the community for inclusion and belonging. Wendy presently balances a commitment to her private practice in Independent Facilitation with her role as an Expressive Arts Guide. It has been Wendy’s lifelong passion to bring the benefits of creating art to everyone. Through the years, Wendy has worked in a variety of settings, including:

  • Sexuality education projects
  • Family and Children’s Services
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Volunteering in palliative care settings
  • Planned Lifetime Networks
  • Neighbourhood art Projects
  • Bridges to Belonging