The Printshop

The ZACC Printshop is Montana's only public print shop!   The Printshop offers the space and supplies to accomplish silk-screening, relief printing, and intaglio printing.  In order to use the printshop we do require either one-on-one walkthroughs with our Printshop Manager or a 5-week printmaking course. 

If you want to see silk-screening in action stop by the ZACC on the Second Friday of every month.  We host free t-shirt printing, coinciding with ZACC Second Friday Gallery openings. Bring us a light colored t-shirt and we'll put the design of the month on it for you. We also serve as a field trip destination for schools or educational groups who can use the ZACC Print Shop for a fun and affordable outing.  Come in and meet out Printshop Manager Patricia Thornton
 

What is Printmaking?

A print is, fundamentally, any image which can be reproduced. Traditionally, prints are viewed as images produced from plates, blocks, screens or stones. Plates, block, screens and stones are intermediary surfaces. The picture, design, or message is carved, incised or etched into these surfaces. In screen printing different techniques are used to create, what is basically, a large stencil. The image receives ink and the inked image is transferred to paper using pressure. Pressure is applied using a printing press, through hand burnishing or, in the case of screen printing, with a squeegee. These basic printmaking process can be repeated, producing nearly exact copies. 
The ZACC Printshop focuses on empowering you to do it yourself! Three types of printmaking are fully accessible to you at the ZACC Print Shop including silk-screening, intaglio, and relief printing. Print is not solely a drawing but a work of art conceived within the limitations and capabilities of the medium. It is on the metal plate, limestone or block of wood that the creative act is realized, then transferred to paper. Each impression of paper is an individual work of art.
 

What can you do at The Printshop?

The ZACC Printshop focuses on empowering you to do it yourself!
Three types of printmaking are fully accessible to you at the ZACC Print Shop:
Screen Printmaking
Relief Printmaking
Intaglio Printmaking
 
We also support collagraph, monoprinting and some lithographic processes
 

How much does it cost to use the Printshop?