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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, the host of the Creative Matters Podcast and is a practising artist.

She has facilitated visual arts courses for 8 years in Primary and Intermediate schools around Auckland, online with teachers around NZ, with beginning teachers at Kohia Centre - University of Auckland and with teachers 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, giving children rich opportunities to:
feel good about themselves

observe closely

share, respond and reflect


take risks

make decisions

express themselves

connect with other parts of the curriculum

communicate and interpret

create unique artworks

develop art making skills and techniques

show their individuality and have ownership over their work


Encouraging Creativity in a Cross Curricular Way through the Visual Arts

Creative Matters PD for Teachers | Experiencing the Creative Process

Creative Matters PD for Teachers | Experiencing the Creative Process

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