Creative Matters 

For Teachers

Professional Development and Support in the Visual Arts

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

Developing the Creative Process

outside the classroom


to suit your school's needs

"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

in the classroom

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.

Two Professional Learning Options

Over 2 staff meetings at your school 


Splitting the course over two consecutive sessions of two hours works well - 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 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!

10am - 2.30pm


Encouraging Creativity through the Visual Arts:

Developing the Creative Process

outside the classroom 

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 can be used for 'Calendar Art' - problem solved!!

Two Professional Learning Options

As a Teacher Only Day 


A wonderful way for your staff  to learn about ways to encourage creative + critical thinking through art as well as have fun as a group and build relationships with each other in a beautiful environment.


10am - 2.30pm.


In the Holidays 


Get a group together from your school to attend one of our holiday courses, come alone and report back to your staff or you may be an educator not currently working in schools.


A wonderful way to connect with other teachers and learn through doing, in the beautiful environment of Muriwai Beach.

10am - 2.30pm.


Customised Professional Development

Come to us to discuss your visual arts needs and we'll create a customised PD session for you.

Case Study 1

2 staff meetings for Pakuranga Heights School

We were approached by the lead art teacher to support the staff in their journey to create more art installations around the school.

We worked with the teachers for 2 hours as part of their Teacher Only Day and for another 2 hours at a staff meeting after school, beginning with the viewing of installations at another school.

We introduced and explored the ideas and concepts behind art installations, some artists’ examples and ideas for possible installations for their school. Then we modelled the way the installation lessons could be taught to a class and took the staff through the process, with a focus on a rich creative process towards a quality final product.

Feedback from the lead art teacher Vanessa Roscoe:

"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. "

Case Study 2

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 participated in our LEOTC PD experience at Muriwai Beach for a 4 hour session, 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)

Case Study 3

1 staff meeting for St Mary's Ellerslie

We have been approached by St Mary's Catholic School in Ellerslie to come up with a 2 hour session for their staff around developing the creative process and visual arts techniques.

We are writing a customised programme for this school to meet their needs.

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