Color Theory for Printmakers

Instructor: Kelli Glancey

Mondays & Wednesdays: June 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24

11 am -12:30 pm Eastern Time

$185 members, $195 non-members 


Skill level: Intermediate

Limited to: 6 students

6 sessions

Total hours: 9


Color Theory for Printmakers will explore color basics, harmonies and theories relative to individual color aesthetics, also known as one’s ‘subjective timbre’. Lectures will incorporate color ‘making’ and color ‘seeing’ demos in additional to instructor’s video and resource material. Students will be encouraged to participate in color exercises utilizing either or both Color-Aid paper and Color mixing materials to explore color decisions. Color will further be discussed in relation to print methods and mediums.


Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.

~ Wassily Kandinsky

About the Instructor

Kelli Glancey is an artist and educator at Parsons School of Design, New York. Her works have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the East coast and internationally in Japan and Europe. Her recent solo exhibits at the Hoboken Historical Museum and Field Colony Gallery included silkscreens, woodcuts, lithographs and solar plate photo-etchings.


Her watercolor painted on location in Paris of the Luxembourg Gardens was on view at the Munsell Centennial Color Symposium in Boston and published in the Munsell Centennial Color Research Journal. Drawing, printmaking, and expertise in color have all informed her Illustrated works in book publishing, magazine editorials, textile designs and product sketching. Throughout her travels and cultural adventures, she explores mixed mediums in her sketchbook that later transform into works on paper and limited edition prints.


As an early educator, she lived and worked for Lacoste School of the Arts in Provence, France. She resides in Hoboken, NJ and part of each year calls Paris her home.

Students will need

Please note, all supplies are recommended but not mandatory


Premade Color Wheel to be utilized as tool. It can be found at Dick Blick or on Amazon.

Color-Aid Paper will be used to explore ‘seeing’ exercises and to create harmonious palettes


Color-Aid pack- FULL set 314 Colors -  2" x 3” or 3" x 4.5”

Color Mixing Materials

(any color materials you already can be discussed class 1 or choose one from below)


Acrylic Paint (Golden, Liquitex, or Blick,) soft body

Acrylic Matt Medium as Extender and Transparency



Water-based color Crayons, Pencils


Recommended: 1 warm + 1 cool of each


  Quinacridone Magenta

  Naphthol Red Light



  Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue

  Cadmium Yellow Light Hue



  Phthalo Blue (cool or green shade)

  Ultramarine Blue (warm or red shade)


  Titanium white (*4-oz tube)

  Ivory Black


Sketchbook or Bristol Paper Pad: vellum surface (not vellum paper) 9 x 12


1 Single round medium size brush + 1 Single flat medium size brush

or Assorted pack of Synthetic brushes.



Scotch Tape

Mixing Palette

Absorbent Paper Towels- Bounty (suggested best brand)

2 plastic containers for water (deli take-out quart size)

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New York City Department of Cultural Affairs | The Scherman Foundation for its generous and continuing support | New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature | The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation | The Charles Locke Art Fund | The Jockey Hollow Foundation |  Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation | Friends and MGC members who have made donations to the Center


Our programs are supported in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.