CALAT Croydon Adult Learning and Training

Creative Arts

The CALAT Creative Arts Summer Show is now live!


CALAT believes that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the benefits of self-expression and the joy of Creative Arts and Crafts.

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? CALAT Arts and Crafts courses are suitable for entrepreneurs, people wanting to start their own business and those developing their life skills.

All our courses are led by tutors who are experts in their field and are passionate about sharing their love of their subject. They promote the value of learning as a group, sharing our experiences and discoveries in a positive and nurturing environment.


Our courses include:

Use art and mindfulness techniques to learn how to reduce anxiety and stress, create a sense of calm and enhance your creativity within a supportive and learning environment.

Art history and art appreciation is taught at CALAT using interactive and dynamic seminars. Great Art is made more accessible 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. The classes often include a trip to a London gallery such as the National Gallery, Tate Britain and Tate Modern. These courses are ideal for people new to the subject as well as experienced learners.

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

A practical drawing and painting course for all abilities, from complete beginners, those wanting to refresh their creative skills or if you simply have the desire to create for pleasure and relaxation.

The course will be tailored for each individual and can be undertaken with limited materials if necessary.

Using a variety of materials, learn a range of simple but effective mark making and drawing techniques to bring out your inner artist.

Let your creativity blossom in a supportive and friendly learning environment.

Our well-equipped and comprehensive dressmaking classes cover the essential skills required for making dresses successfully. There are also courses for more experienced learners who want to develop professional skills.

CALAT offers accredited City and Guilds Dressmaking courses. You will receive expert tuition and benefit from 1-2-1 and group learning which will enable you to grow in confidence with your dressmaking skills.

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.

Classes are now available in the daytime, evening and at the weekend.

To introduce beginners to the fundamentals of drum set playing – letting go and having fun playing, good posture, stick grip/control, some starter rudiments and essential co-ordination exercises – Learn the mindful benefits of drumming!

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 learners.

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 NCFE Levels 1 and 2 to introduction to photography classes, ideal for people new to the subject.

This is a 5-week online workshop for students to bring along sewing projects and get advice and help on areas of difficulty and specific techniques. A session to discuss best sewing methods for fabric type and project, to help with sewing problems and tricky techniques.

Students will already have some experience and be intermediate to advanced level and be confident on the sewing machine

Dates and locations

There are multiple options on offer:

  • different venues across the borough, as well as online
  • course duration from 1 week to 31 weeks
  • at times to suit you – days, evenings and weekends

How to apply

You will need to apply online and, depending on the course, complete an initial assessment to check your skill level.

Please contact for more information.

Meet the team

Mark Huggett - Creative Arts curriculum manager

Mark Huggett - Creative Arts curriculum manager

Mania Row - Painting, Drawing, Art appreciation tutor

Mania Row - Painting, Drawing, Art appreciation tutor

Philip Bedford - Photography and digital arts tutor

Philip Bedford - Photography and digital arts tutor

Philip, a licentiate member of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS), has been a professional photographer for more than 10 years. His first love is landscape photography though he is equally busy capturing people's special days as a wedding photographer or teaching all levels of photography and other creative technologies at CALAT.

Anne Cooper - Dressmaking tutor

Anne Cooper - Dressmaking tutor