Creative Arts

We provide a wide variety of art activities for all levels of skills and abilities so that those attending our sessions can experience new challenges and discover their hidden talents.

Our art activities include:

  • Drawing
  • Painting, both acrylic and water colour
  • Pastel Work
  • Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Creative Expression

We also offer art therapy and music therapy throughout the year. Music therapy is the use of music interventions to accomplish goals for an individual within a therapeutic environment with a credentialed professional.  Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy and uses painting, drawing or modelling to facilitate self-expression . 

Want to have a go? See our upcoming arts classes.


Pottery and Ceramics

We also have the facilities for interested participants to create a variety of pottery and ceramics pieces. 

These activities include:

  • Hand building techniques, such as:
    • pinching
    • coiling
    • slab construction.
  • Wheel throwing
  • Design techniques, such as:
    • stencils
    • under glazes
    • sgraffito
    • printing.

Want to have a go? See our upcoming pottery and ceramics classes.


Woodwork

For those who love building things with their hands, we offer the opportunity to be involved in a wide range of projects.

Our woodwork activities include:

  • wood burning;
  • mitreing;
  • routing;
  • lacquering;
  • sanding;
  • finishing; and
  • dovetailing.

We also do all kinds of group and individual creative projects such as:

  • lazy susans; 
  • jewelry boxes;
  • grandfather clocks; 
  • wine racks; 
  • money boxes; and more.

 

Our woodwork department are currently working on a stilt project for Pozible.  To purchase these stilts, please go to pozible.com/kidsonstilts

 

 

 

 

CATA's Workshop Safety series of 5 DVD's provides basic safety information for people intending to use selected woodwork machines in a workshop environment. Safety information contained in the DVD's is intended to specifically help people living with a disability but is applicable to all operators of the various machines in the series.
CATA's Workshop Safety series of 5 DVD's provides basic safety information for people intending to use selected woodwork machines in a workshop environment. Safety information contained in the DVD's is intended to specifically help people living with a disability but is applicable to all operators of the various machines in the series.

Want to have a go? See our upcoming woodwork classes.


Craft

We provide a wide variety of craft activities for all levels of skills and abilities so that those attending our sessions can experience new challenges and discover their hidden talents.

Our craft activities include:

  • sewing – patchwork, machine, Japanese (Sashika);
  • handcraft knitting;
  • crocheting;
  • fabric dyeing;
  • jewellery making;
  • beading; and more.

Want to have a go? See our upcoming arts and crafts classes.


Social and Recreational Outings

We all love the opportunity to get together with old friends and make new ones too. The CATA group joins a fortnightly disco with the Balga Carers on a Thursday which is loads of fun with dancing, karaoke and a light supper. 

Every Saturday we go on social outings which have included trips to:

  • Hillarys Marina; 
  • the cinema;
  • bowling; 
  • museums; and more. 

During the week, we have several different outings depending on the time of year but these can include trips to:

  • IKEA; 
  • Spotlight;
  • Sizzlers; 
  • bowling. 
  • We also have afternoon walks on offer.

Please watch our calendar closely as there will be a range of new social activities coming in the near future.


Special events

What’s life without being able to enjoy the special community events throughout the year?  At the CATA Group we look forward to having the opportunity to celebrate various local holidays including the Melbourne Cup, Christmas, and of course our own Birthday. We arrange special activities, social events or outings for these highly anticipated occasions.

Our activities are evolving all the time, so look out for these special get-togethers emerging on our calendar throughout the year.