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68. New Botanical Art Courses in Winter/Spring, 2021

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Finally, I am announcing the new courses for Winter/Spring, 2021 .   Botanical Drawing Fundamentals -  5 Saturdays: Jan. 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13 & 20.   Advanced Drawing Project 1 and 2 - 3 Saturdays per each project.  Tuesday Watercolor, Intermediate Level: 3 projects - 3 Tuesdays per each project.  Saturday Pen-and-Ink 1 and 2.  And the usual Monday Open Workshop. Each course is designed to make the best use of the virtual format: Displaying detailed techniques and my drawing/painting know-how right in front of the viewer's eyes.  The demo videos are accessible by students after each class to reinforce the learning contents. Since April, my teaching methods and contents have been constantly reevaluated and improved to be effectively adapted to Zoom platform. I am very happy with the results and can't wait for offering the botanical drawing/painting classes in the new year.  Graphite Pencil Drawing lesson examples, ©Heeyoung Kim Drawing Fundamentals - Saturday Beginning Cou

67. What is the best way to deal with a complicated subject?

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Study the plant scientifically!  There should be more than one answer to this question, but my own experience convinces me that understanding the plant structures scientifically is the most important beginning of any   botanical art and illustration.  Just improving drawing/painting techniques will only be the partial solution. It is like trying to get out of the woods without a map.  Once you study and understand the botanical structures of a plant, you can interpret its complicated forms into an artistic image with botanical accuracy. Without identifiable key factors of the plant described, the artwork will fall in to a different category, such as floral fine art painting or decorative botanical art. They are certainly beautiful artworks, but they lack scientific/botanical information which is the essential part of scientifically accurate botanical artworks. What to look for to understand the plant scientifically?   Well, there may be many ways to do it, but I use my  strong visual s

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

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  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,   www.heeyoungkim.net ✓  Two upcoming classes in Beginning and Intermediated Level Beginning Level Watercolor, Saturdays Series 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, Tuesdays Fall Project 1: Yellow Composite Flowers from the Prairie (Sep. 8, 15,

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

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Watercolor demo for a series of Zoom class, grapes, ©Heeyoung Kim 2020 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 mu

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

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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 ver

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

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   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 m

62. The Fifth Annual

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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 k