“Creativity is as important now in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.”― Sir Ken Robinson
At Creative Matters, we believe the seed of creativity lives in all of us.
Our range of education based art workshops nurture that creative seed.
Our workshops are not just opportunities to make art, they are much more than that. They teach and encourage a way of thinking, a way of working, a creative approach that can be taken and applied into every aspect of a child's or educator's life.
As parents, caregivers, grandparents and/or teachers we want the very best for our kids.
Creative Matters is an award winning business providing creative, educational opportunities to enrich the lives of our children.
Founder and CEO
I am the proud mother of Tayla and Brodie. I live at Muriwai Beach in Auckland NZ with my husband George and our dog Mazzy.
I have taught for more than 25 years in various capacities at primary and intermediate schools across Auckland. I have also worked for 4 years as an art educator at the Auckland Art Gallery - New Zealand's largest and finest gallery - where I designed and delivered visual arts programmes to primary, secondary and special needs children, as well as Professional Development courses for teachers.
I founded Creative Matters in response to an increasing need and demand for rich, creative opportunities for children - both in and out of school - with a genuine belief in the value of creative experiences and connections.
Five and a half years on, Creative Matters has blossomed into a well known company with a team of 15 passionate art educators and 2 administrators. We currently have 22 creative workshops for children after school across Auckland as well as art workshops every school holidays at three venues. We provide online courses and free art sessions on our You Tube channel and planning support for teachers. We facilitate Professional Development courses for both Early Childhood educators and primary teachers and facilitate Art Parties for children.
To date we've taught more than 300 creative workshops, worked with more than 2500 children, teens and adults. We deliver our programmes in Auckland in schools, community venues and at Studio One Toi Tu.
We facilitate Art Parties for children and adults to encourage creativity. These experiences are fun, creative and educational and a great way for people to connect through art.
We believe creative opportunities should be accessible to all children and provide fully funded art classes for children in low decile schools, supported by Creative NZ and The Chartwell Trust.
We also believe in creating and facilitating creatives to produce artwork in communities and public spaces and have created a number of public artworks with artists and children.
My two sons have loved their classes with Mandy and her Creative Matters team. Creative Matters produces excellent, educational and fun projects that captivate the kids imaginations. Our boys' bedrooms are decorated with their masterpieces and we’ve even framed some of them! We can’t recommend Creative Matters more highly.
Creative Matters has allowed my daughter to really engage with her creative mindset. She can explore her personal creativity within a guided setting, resulting in amazing work but also learning about artistic techniques and mediums, art history, problem-solving and how to complete a longer project whilst maintaining her ultimate vision. She also has a lot of fun. Creative Matters really brings an element to my child’s learning that she does not get anywhere else and we highly value all it has to offer.
My son always loves being in a Creative Matters workshop. The tutor is such a loving, caring and inspirational teacher, it was one of the best activities my son has had for years. The class is such a relaxing environment and a great space for imagination to thrive.
Both my girls have attended creative matters classes from Year 1 through to year 6 and have absolutely loved their learning, creations and teachers. Now I see them looking at all sorts of day to day objects through different artistic lenses. They are always beaming after class and have done some really incredible work in all shapes and forms over the years. I find their class environment safe, caring, positive and a diverse creative outlet for them which I can not recommend highly enough.
My daughter has attended numerous school holidays sessions at Creative Matters as well as the term classes. She absolutely loves going and always comes home with marvellous creations. The classes are well structured and the teachers are wonderful. Would highly recommend to anyone.
My two girls have attended many Creative Matters after-school and holiday programmes for the past four years and I can thoroughly recommend them. The teachers are all really caring and put a lot of effort into engaging and developing student creativity by building on what personally inspires them. I love that it seems to be about the reflective process of making art, not just the beauty of the product at the end (although, many of the works that they bring home are amazing!). A truly high-quality children's activity.
My daughter loves her art class after school on a Tuesday, it’s her favourite day of the week! The class environment is fun and engaging, letting her explore her own creativity while also learning about various aspects of sketch, colour and other artistic mediums – all under the guidance of the Creative Matters teachers who are inspiring and encouraging no matter what level the kids are at.