Showing posts from 2018

58. Class Schedule in 2019

Season's Greeting: digitally generated with original art by ©Heeyoung Kim 2018 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, th

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

56. New Workshop: Painting Leaves in Botanical Watercolor

Leaf paining demos by Heeyoung Kim September 29 & 30 at Brushwood Center This is a short announcement, but I had to set it up asap upon demand. This will be a two-day workshop with focus on techniques. Either you are a beginner or of some experiences, this will be a good chance to improve painting skills, especially with green leaves in botanicals. In order to paint one small leaf, quite a lot of techniques are involved such as layering, lifting, understanding light and form, correcting, fine dry-brush technique and so on. I will be happy to share what I have learned through my own painting experiences. Here are details. 1. Topic: Various approaches to painting leaves in botanical watercolor 2. Time & Dates: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm, September 29 & 30, 2018 3. Venue: Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, 21850 Riverwoolds Rd, Riverwoods (Deerfield), IL 4. Fee: $180 5. Registration: Contact me though this

55. Painting Prairie Wildflowers With Me at Morton Arboretum

August 10, 11 & 12, 9:30 am - 4 pm Sometimes, it is nice just to indulge in painting away your summer time! If you are in Greater Chicago Area, I am coming to Morton Arboretum for a 3 day workshop. We will paint lovely prairie wildflowers, and I will share lots of useful tips and techniques. Registration at

54. World Wide Botanical Art Day- ASBA

                  White Lady's Slipper Orchid, Cypripedium candidum, detail, pen and ink, ©Heeyoung Kim 2013   My Lady's Slipper Orchid in World Wide Botanical Art Exhibition Today, May 18th, 2018, is a pretty monumental day for botanical art community in the world. The American Society of Botanical Artists planned and initiated a great event happening on the same day in 25 countries in 6 continents. All exhibits are showcasing native plants in the countries, and 40 painting images of each exhibit will be streamed online. So, 1,000 botanical art images will be broadcasted today! Today we will see many posts online regarding to this wonderful event. This really boosts interests in botanical art, plants, and nature conservation in a beautiful way. A few years ago I studied White Lady's Slipper Orchid, listed as endangered, threatened or rare in many states. With the help from ecologist and botanist, I could study it closely and drew this scientific plate with in

53. What's New in 2018

Overview of my year: My botanical art program at Brushwood Center, my exciting new scarf project, teachings at other venues, exhibitions, and my painting projects. Class demo paining in progress, ©Heeyoung Kim Botanical Art Program at Brushwood Center My classes at Brushwood Center has been growing steadily, and I scheduled 3 ongoing botanical art classes this year. Mondays: Intensive workshop , intermediate/advanced level, mostly watercolor. Some students focus on their own projects with various media. Saturday mornings : Half day workshop, beginning/intermediate level, similar to Monday workshop. Saturday afternoon : Botanical Art Classes for Beginners: this is new in order to provide basic drawing lessons to who want to join the group. The classes include drawing and watercolor lessons. Colored pencil classes: April 7 & 14: there are strong demands for colored pencil, so I squeezed in two sessions between drawing classes, they are sold out! There might be continued