Facilitated by Mandy Jakich


Mandy has taught in Primary and Intermediate schools for more than 25 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 Professional Development Options:

Developing the Creative Process
in the Classroom - at your school 

Developing the Creative Process
through LEOTC -
at Muriwai Beach

Developing the Creative Process
in the Holidays -
at Studio One Toi Tu

"The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it’s to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel they’re valued"


Sir Ken Robinson

Our PLD motivates, empowers and enables primary teachers to teach visual arts in a way that stimulates their students to think creatively and critically, giving children rich opportunities to:

  • observe closely

  • respond and reflect

  • collaborate

  • take risks

  • solve problems

  • refine and modify techniques

  • make decisions

  • express themselves

  • create unique artworks


Encouraging Creativity through the Visual Arts:

Developing the Creative Process - Staff meetings or Teacher Only Days

Teachers will be taken through a rich, interactive creative process of exploring, experimenting, sharing, reflecting and creating - as well as learning visual arts techniques - so they can experience first hand how it feels to be supported through a process that encourages them to think creatively and results in the creation of their own unique artwork.

We will then work through authentic, cross curricular ways to implement this creative learning approach into our classrooms and visual arts programme.

Available at your school or at Studio One Toi Tu in the holidays (individual or small group bookings)

Two Professional Learning Options


Over 2 - 3 staff meetings at your school 


Splitting the course over consecutive sessions of two hours works well - giving us time to refine the learning to suit your needs and for teachers to try out the ideas and techniques in their classrooms, making for an even richer learning experience.


At a Teacher Only Day at your school


A 4 - 6 hour long hands-on PLD session is a great addition to a Teacher Only Day, encouraging communication and collaboration as well as the learning of new skills and approaches. And so good for the wellbeing of your teachers!

St Mary's School in Ellerslie, Auckland


Thanks Mandy for facilitating a well organised and engaging staff meeting for my staff. It was wonderful to see such practical art ideas and tips that can be used back in the classroom.

Sue Kubala


Holy Cross School, Papatoetoe, Auckland

This course changed my mindset towards visual arts dramatically. Knowing now to encourage our art to be unique, not the usual formulaic approach. Teacher Holy Cross

It was an awesome PD that I want to continue throughout my teaching career. Teacher Holy Cross

Can't wait to try this with my class next term - Ann O'Grady

You have empowered me to take more risks, explore and try out different techniques. Mandy is so professional, patient, encouraging and content/delivery is on point! Hope we get you back! Teacher Holy Cross

Pakuranga Heights School, Auckland


I first heard of Mandy and Creative Matters through social media and I liked the artistic approaches that were shared on these platforms.  


Originally, I contacted Mandy on the premise that we would organise some staff PD on art processes and skill development. However, our school needs changed, as we were going to embark on creating outdoor art installations. 


Mandy was very accommodating with this change of direction and even though it wasn't her usual approach to art, she was very flexible and brought her creative thinking to meet our school's new needs and direction.  


Mandy provided us with lesson plans  and staff PD to support the development for creating outdoor installations and the processes that we could potentially go through with our classes to support them in creating a final product but still providing a rich development of ideas.  


From working with Mandy, who is an effective communicator, I was able to see the value in the process of art and to consider all aspects of the arts achievement objectives which I think, quite often get neglected by teachers but are so vitally important in creating connected, collaborative life long learners that are able to think critically and creatively

Vanessa Roscoe

Encouraging Creativity through the Visual Arts:

Developing the Creative Process through LEOTC - Teacher Only Day


At Muriwai Beach \ West Auckland - A stunning black sand beach and native bush environment.


We will take you on a unique professional journey to experience ways to respond to an environment creatively and critically through environmental art and photography.

You will learn techniques for: demonstrating a creative process; verbalising and encouraging creative and critical thinking; making environmental artworks in response to the land and nature; taking photographs that capture elements in different ways.

We will develop understandings of visual arts elements and principles:

  • form

  • space

  • texture

  • composition

  • scale

  • shape, line, pattern

  • colour

  • contrast

  • materiality

  • balance

We will make links across the curriculum and discuss ways to implement these ideas into your classroom programme.

The photographs your children create of the environmental art can be used for 'Calendar Art' - problem solved!!


LEOTC PD with Orakei School Staff

In Lieu of Rental for hosting a CM after school art class at your school


There is an option for schools who provide a venue for our after school art classes to opt for Professional Learning and Development with Mandy in lieu of rental for the space.

Orakei School teachers chose to participate in our LEOTC PD experience at Muriwai Beach for a 4 hour session on a Teacher Only Day, with a focus on developing creative and critical thinking through environmental art and photography.


Then we had lunch together in the park - the perfect TOD!


We were all inspired in so many ways and the team came away feeling relaxed and motivated. Thank you for sharing your knowledge around the creative process and making clear links to all areas of the curriculum.

You certainly are part of the Orakei Family now :)

Fehm Hussain (DP Orakei School)

Encouraging Creativity through the Visual Arts:

Developing the Creative Process Course in the Holidays
at Studio One Toi Tu in Auckland


At Studio One Toi Tu in Grey Lynn, Auckland NZ. Courses are held some holidays and can be booked by small groups (receive a discount for more than 4 bookings from one school) or individual teachers/educators/artists may book as well. 9am - 3pm.

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