about us

Artzone was established by Gillian Blaney Shorte in 2003 to offer a new level of visual arts education and training to young students. Gillian wanted to encourage students to use visual art as a means of self expression, problem solving and above all to have fun with Art.   Artzone’s aim is to bring the Visual Arts Curriculum to life through constant innovation with new and exciting portfolios.

Artzone is run by fully Art Teachers, typically qualified from the Faculty of Education, NCAD – all specialists in their own fields of art.  As professional art teachers we believe in art for art’s sake, but we appreciate the benefits of structured project based approach to design, creativity and finish. We see that art, design, craft and creativity have a very important role to play in childhood enjoyment and development, and that we take creative flair through to our adult lives as an asset in both business and leisure.

Today Artzone is a Family run, 100% Irish Owned, Self Funding business.  Artzone has established a very strong network of weekly classes throughout Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Meath working to a structured curriculum, with new and exciting activities every term. Our seasonal camps – Summer, Halloween, Christmas, Midterm and Easter – bring a great sense of fun to art and crafts, generously mixed with stories and games.

In 2009 Artzone launched our Primary School Art Enrichment Programme where Artzone work with a number of progressive Primary Schools demystifying the art curriculum, providing teacher training, mentoring, art teacher in residence projects and art fundays.

The recession worked in our favour for the first time in February 2012 when we negotiated a lease for our new offices, workshop and studios at VFI Court in Rathfarnham. Our new space has allowed us to launch Adult Art Classes, Fashion Academy and specialist classes  and camps for teens and tweens including Animation, Comic Book Illustration, Clay Construction, Fashion and Acrylic Painting Classes Artzone Studios also opens on weekends as The Party Zone for really cool Kids on Canvas; Clay Construction and Fashion Design Parties …

Leveraging the most popular portfolio activities Artzone provide a. n ‘Art Party for Creative Kids Service’ for private birthday parties, school family days, corporate family days and public library, art centre and park events. Artzone has survived the recession by focusing on our customers, maintaining high quality in portfolio design, while managing costs tightly to offer lower fees. In 2013 Artzone will expand our primary schools art enrichment programme, expand geographically, launch new products; and explore franchise and partnership models to extend our reach beyond Leinster.

Artzone Director, Paul Shorte believes that high quality arts education is more important than ever in Ireland, building confidence, fostering creativity, design discipline and project planning skills, providing a constat pride in achievement.

You will find Artzone keen to discuss any visual arts related business or educational programme opportunity.  Contact Paul at info@artzone.ie or call 086 8159073.