Self-Understanding Through Creative Expression

Do you feel worn-down by the last few months? Are you having a hard time understanding or processing your feelings during these strange times?

JCPL Library Clerk Pam Murray believes that simple art and writing projects can be very powerful tools for understanding ourselves, processing our emotions, and moving forward in healthy ways. She calls this approach to self-understanding, “ARTivities”.

Below Pam introduces the ARTivity concept and shares several simple projects with you. They are stand-alone projects, so if you only have a few minutes at a time, feel free to just do one and come back later for more!


Pam introduces the goals and processes of ARTivity projects, and how they can help us understand our emotions.


Pam explains how to use a fill-in-the-blank poem to explore a feeling that you’re experiencing.

You can find the fill-in-the-blank poem template here.


Pam talks about how to write letters that reveal how you’re feeling in the moment.


Pam walks you through exploring how you’re feeling by drawing and decorating your hands.


Pam walks you through how to write a short story that explores your feelings by responding to prompts.

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