66. New Watercolor Classes for Beginning and Intermediate Level in the Fall 2020

Now, it is easy for new comers to join my classes. Before the covid, all students in my botanical art program were local and continuously studying with me for a long period of time. We communicated with each other in person and there was no need for me to list the detailed class plans on my website. Now, that's changing. More and more people from different states and countries (despite of the time difference) have joined lately. So, I made the class format a series or a project so that people can join the topics they like.  To read about them directly, please visit my website,✓ Two upcoming classes in Beginning and Intermediated LevelBeginning Level Watercolor, SaturdaysSeries 4: Painting Black-eyed Susan (Sep. 5, 12, 19 & 26, 10 am - 1 pm, CT, USA) 
Series 5: Painting Milkweed Seedpods (Oct 10, 24, 31 & Nov. 7, 10 am - 1 pm, CT, USA)Intermediate Level Watercolor, TuesdaysFall Project 1: Yellow Composite Flowers from the Prairie (Sep. 8, 15, 22 & 29…

65. New in July: Zoom Special: Botanical Watercolor Troubleshooting

Painting is a meditative activity to me. I immerse myself into the whole painting process and become one with my tools. Since I teach, however, I force myself to be awaken to sort out which parts need to be noticed to point out to my students in the class. That has lead me to have a list of certain painting techniques that are commonly troublesome to my students.

With the current pandemic situation, all my local classes are converted to online instruction and we feel grateful to continue our weekly botanical art classes without interruption. I even start the class 20 minutes earlier to have some fun chat time to secure full 'art time'. We miss the in-person classes, of course, but the virtual connection with our painting buddies has been blessing amid the isolation time. On top of that, thanks goodness, my students find the instructions presented on their personal computer screens are clear, and much more effective than they expected. Now, they are asking to continue the Zo…

64. Going Online: My Classes via Zoom Meeting During COVID-19 Pandemic

When we meet sudden obstacles, we find a way to resolve them. My classes were always face-to-face lessons with lots of demonstrations, and I thought online lessons would be less effective. Due to the total lock down of all gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, however, I decided to direct my classes to online platform from April. For three weeks, I have added/changed/evaluated the class contents in order to make them more effective in the new platform. The result? Surprisingly satisfactory!
The best part of my Zoom class is the clarity and verstility of the presentations/slides. I used to use a projector on big sceen or plasma TV screen which are still not very sharp in comparison to computer monitors. Now, directly on each participant's computer screen, they can see all images upclose in details along with my explanations, zoomed in and out. It is fantastic and my students love it! 
Now, there is one less nicer side: students miss my demonstrations. To make up this very impo…

63. New Classes in 2020 - Heeyoung Kim Botanical Art Academy

Preparing for New Year is always exciting! This time, it is especially meaningful with a few milestone achievements in my botanical art program at Brushwood Center.

The 5th: Enriching Life has become a popular community event since its first opening in 2015. Our  artworks give warmth to the winter world with undeniable beauty of flowers and plants. To celebrate its succeessful 5th exhibit, we produced accompanying catalogs featuring two of each participating artists. The catalog was a meaningful gift to the artists and their supporting family and friends.

The botanical art program, founded by me in 2012, has been growing steadily and now it is in full swing with three days of classes per week handling watercolor, graphite pencil, and ink (occasionally colored pencil, too) for students at all levels. With encouragement and recommendation by the Executive Director of Brushwood Center, I decided to formalize it as "Heeyoung Kim Botanical Art Academy".

From my early career as a…

62. The Fifth Annual

Leaving the hustle and bustle of life behind, we enter into a serenity of nature and art at Brushwood Center every week. Blossoms, barks, seeds and roots...... bees, butterflies and birds..... All turn into an artwork after some laughters and labors. Sometimes the brush works its magic, some other times, not so much, but the journeys are always delightful. Since I started my Botanical Art Program at Brushwood Center in 2012, it has been steadily growing to become a hub of botanical art in Chicago Metropolitan Area. I am so glad and grateful to announce its Fitfh Annual Exhibition in this November.

The Opening Reception: 1 pm - 3 pm, Nov. 24, 2019 with refreshments and live music.
The Exhibit runs:             Nov. 24, 2019 - Jan. 12, 2020.
The Gallery:                    Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods.

The opening reception is open to the public. Attendees will have a chance to meet the talented 21 botanical artists at the opening reception. It is always special to get to know the…

61. Heeyoung Kim: New Works - Solo Exhibition at Joel Oppenheimer Gallery. Jul 25 - Sep 7, 2019

Summer is an exciting season to little wildflowers, bugs and insects, and to me, as well. This blog,,  has recently reached 100K page views. Considering that I am not a super savvy tech person, reaching 100K page views is more than enough to put me over the moon. Another exciting event this summer is my 4th solo exhibition, at Joel Oppenheimer gallery. 
Most orchid species are rare and intriguing everywhere in the world. Charmed by their elusiveness and elegance I have been painting them whenever I come across with an opportunity. Some are bold and colorful, others are dainty and darling. Sometimes I try bold and experimental composition, some other times I just need a whimsical play with their complexity. 
From July 25 to September 7, a collection of my orchid paintings and other native plants of Midwestern USA will be exhibited at Joel Oppenheimer gallery, at Tree Studio, (10 E Ohio St., Chicago, IL). The gallery visitors can view other natural history arts by r…

60. A Special Workshop: Botanical Watercolor Techniques- Heeyoung Kim

A special workhsop for 3 days around the Memorial Day weekend- Sat, Mon & Tue, May 25, 27 & 28
Focuses: basic and essential watercolor techniques, work process from drawing to transferring, and how to tackle common painting issues. In this workshop, I will not choose one specimen and finish or almost finish it during the workshop. Instead, there will be a lot of demonstrations and practice to learn new techniques and refine strokes and make the painted area as perfect as possible.
Why during Memorial Day weekend? Upon requests from out of state artists, I had to schedule this quickly without enough time to promote it to public. If anyone interested in joining this special workshop, contact me, please. (Via this site CONTACT) For more and other class info,