PD for Teachers:

Experiencing the Creative Process

Facilitated by Mandy Jakich

Our courses are facilitated by Mandy Jakich. 


Mandy has taught in Primary and Intermediate schools for more than 20 years, was an Art Educator at Auckland Art Gallery for 4 years, is the Founder and CEO of Creative Matters and is a practising artist.

Mandy has facilitated courses in schools, at Kohia Centre - University of Auckland, and at Studio One, Toi Tu.

"Thank you Mandy for the wonderful art workshop you ran at our school recently.  The teachers were engaged and highly motivated as evidenced by the  way the majority of our staff utilised all they learnt with you  into their classroom programmes immediately. 

They enjoyed the way you delivered your programme, and also the freedom you gave them to be creative while also learning some basic paint techniques. All were impressed with how the session catered for all levels of expertise.  They are looking forward to having another session with you."


Denise Haven, Deputy Principal, Waitakere Primary School

Three Areas of Development

Using an Artist

for Inspiration


Teachers will develop practical strategies for creatively using an artist as inspiration and a starting point for creative thinking, and experience a series of creative art lessons exploring the themes, styles and techniques of this artist.

Painting and

Colour Making


Teachers will develop practical strategies for setting up, managing and teaching painting and colour making in the classroom through a rich creative process of exploring, experimenting, creating, reflecting and sharing.



Teachers will learn about and experience a number of achievable sculpture techniques that can be easily implemented into the classroom, with an emphasis on a rich creative journey towards the final products.

Three Learning Options

Over 2 staff meetings at your school 


Splitting the course over two consecutive sessions of two hours works brilliantly - giving us time to refine the learning to suit your needs, for an even richer learning experience on the second session.

At a Teacher Only Day at your school


A 4 hour hands-on PD session is a great addition to a Teacher Only Day, encouraging communication and collaboration as well as the learning of new skills and approaches. 

At Studio One Toi Tu in the holidays


This is a good option if you are seeking individual or small group PD rather than school wide, held during the holidays. A creative, therapeutic treat!

Mandy Jakich CEO




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