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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.

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.

We believe Art is an activity for all and encourage collective and individual learning in our classes.

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.


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.

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