Arts & Crafts

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CALAT is proud to offer Community Arts Courses for the people of Croydon

The Arts are a powerful vehicle for communication. A way to express visions that are beyond the capacity of words and a medium for cultural enlightenment and global citizenship.  

CALAT believes that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the benefits of self-expression and the joy of creating a work of art.

So, are you feeling creative? Have you considered taking up a new hobby or maybe you would like to develop skills that would make extra money or enhance your career?

All our courses are lead by tutors who are experts in their field and are passionate about sharing their love of their subject.

Our courses also promote the value of learning as a group and sharing our experiences and discoveries in a positive and nurturing environment.

For more information on our Arts & Crafts courses contact us at: calatcreativearts@croydon.gov.uk

We offer courses in the following subjects;

CALAT’s practical painting and drawing courses offer the experience of working in a variety of media and approaches. There are classes that suit experienced learners and complete beginners too. Focus is on developing personal creativity and expression as well as on learning and developing core Art Skills.

CALAT also offers courses specifically aimed at people wishing to build their portfolio in order to do a degree course or similar or to increase their employability and career progression at work.

Our well-equipped and comprehensive Dress Making classes cover the essential skills required for successful dress making for people new to the craft. There are also courses for more experienced learners who want to develop professional skills.

You will receive expert tuition and benefit from 1-2-1 and group learning which will enable you to grow in confidence with your dress making skills. CALAT also offer accredited City and Guilds Dressmaking classes.


Discover the world of flowers by exploring one of our courses at CALAT.

Our Practical Floristry classes provide excellent basic grounding in the art of Floristry. Our tutor also teaches the NFCE level 2 course.

The course contains demonstrations, practical’s, illustrations, Q&A and discussions to suit a wide variety of learning styles.

Under expert guidance you will learn to create wonderful floral displays that you will be really proud of and give you an amazing hobby, you will also gain the confidence in design and presentation should you wish to pursue floristry as a career.

Photography will change the way you look at the world around you.

Light, shapes, colours, textures, people, buildings, trees, flowers…Everything around you looks different when you start to see the world as a photographer.

Get the most out of your DSLR camera and explore your creativity.

CALAT’s photography classes are taught by professional photographers experienced at delivering creative and engaging courses for students. The courses are ideal for someone thinking of a career in photography or for someone who wished to use photography skills as part of their job.

CALAT offers a wide range of photography courses from City Guilds Levels 1 and 2 to introduction to photography classes ideal for people new to the subject.

Art History and appreciation is taught at CALAT in an interactive and dynamic classroom environment.

Art is brought to life by an engaging look at the art itself and the life and times of the artists who created it.

We take a close look at both Modern Art and art from pre 1900 and the classes often include a trip to a London Gallery such as the National Gallery to see and experience the art in a live environment.

These courses are ideal for people new to the subject as well as experienced learners.

Get creative with your yarn at CALAT and have this ancient craft brought to life in practical classes where you will learn all the techniques and skills you need to follow patterns and produce simply yet stunning garments.

CALAT offers courses in WordPress and Photoshop Elements two powerful and cost effective tools in enabling the creative entrepreneur.

Click here to see some of the amazing work created by our learners