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,

59. Various Media I Use for Teaching and Creating Botanical Art

New season starts in Januray, 2019! From beginner’s drawing course to advanced watercolor classes, I teach botanical art in various media and subjects. 
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Watercolor, graphite pencil, pen-and-ink with crow quill pen... sometimes colored pencil, watercolor pencil. It's hard to say I prefer one to others, instead, I choose the medium that will be most efficent to the subject I choose. 

In 2019, I add a few visiting artist or botanist workshops, too, when I believe the specialties they offer benefit students in my program. 

I have planned several away workshops such as  at Brookside Garden, Lewis Ginter Garden, Evanston Art Center, Minnesota School of Botanical Art, Morton Arboretum, and with Florida Botanical Artists Society. I am seeing growing interest in botanical art classes generally, and maybe me as an artitst and instructor. Currently I am planning workshops for 2020. 

Soon, I will have a mini solo exhibit with my p…

58. Class Schedule in 2019

New Drawing Class for Beginners:
Tuesdays, 1-4 pm, starting on Jan 8, 2019
Watercolor for Intermediate Level:
Tuesdays, 9:30 am - 12:20 pm, starting on Jan 8, 2019
Monday Workshop: Intermediate & Advanced Level:
10 am - 4 pm, starting on Jan 7, 2019
Saturday Open Workshop: All Levels:
9 am - 1 pm, starting on Jan 12, 2019

New Drawing Class:
There has been ongoing inquiries for a botanical drawing class for "Total" beginners. :)
Yes, anyone can learn how to draw!
If you are the one who always wanted to draw/paint, but you didn't think you could. Now, it is the time to try! If you are lucky  :) to live in Chicago Metropolitan Area, contact me to see if starting to learn how to draw is a possibility to you in the new year. The very basics and a lot of tips about how to use drawing tools will be covered, along with essential botany information for botanial artists. So, there is no need to feel intimidated in my class.
Fee: $240 for 5 weeks, $50 per session
Total 4 courses: …

57. 4th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition: Enriching Life at Brushwood- Heeyoung Kim & Brushwood Botanical Artists

"It's getting better every year!"  Well, that is what I have been trying :). It has been delightful and grateful to study botanical art with 25 talented and aspiring botanical artists in 2018. I 'teach' them, but I also 'learn' from them. So, my students and I study togehter, and we have been building up the whole community around Brushwood Center. Each year, I see more and more people show interest in botanical art, and willing to learn more about it. 
How did I design the invitation card?  As you see, the invitation card shows it all. There were too many excellent works, which caused me a serious problem in choosing one to feature on the card. So, I came up with an idea to feature everyone's work on a jumbo size folded card! So, everyone is featured! It is the best invitation card I have ever made :)))   
Not only the card, but the quality of all works exhibited is quite impressive, too. I am so proud of everyone who worked very hard to make this h…