to Dec 16

Monday Workshop in 2019, from Janruary to December

For Intermediate/Advanced Level, Mondays, 10 am - 4 pm

This course is the stronghold of my program. Currently there are talented and dedicated botanical artists who have been studying for a few/several years with me or somewhere else. We use various media such as watercolor, graphite pencil, pen-and-ink, and colored pencil. Some focus on their own projects, and others try new topics.  We do sketchbooks, too.
Who can join? Anyone who have watercolor experiences or already finished certificate program, but want to pursue botanical art continuously.
Fee: $85 per session, at Brushwood Center, Registration: contact Heeyoung Kim via CONTACT
Space is limited. Contact me asap, when interested. 

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to Dec 21

Saturday Open Workshop, 9 am - 1 pm. January - December

Are you working on your own projects and need some help? Or, do you like to learn, but have no time on weekdays? This half day open workshop at Brushwood Center will be a perfect option. Heeyoung assists each individual’s project in various media (graphite pencil, pen and ink, watercolor and/or colored pencil). $57 per session. For registration, contact Heeyoung.

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to Jul 30

New: Tuesday Watercolor: Texture on Bark: Beginning/Intermediate Level

Spring is in full swing with its glorious presentation of all sorts of colors. Wildflowers are the focus that everyone admires, but there are unsung heros that support the habitat. That is the topic of this painting session: Rotting Barks ….. Of course, the flowers will be added, too :)

This is an ongoing class with students who started the beginning drawing class during 2018 and continue with watercolor. All current students have less than 6 months of watercolor experience.
Those who have some experiences with watercolor are welcome to join. This course is fully focused on learning various watercolor techniques that are esssential for detailed and highly controlled botanical watercolors. You don't need to be "botanical artists" to be in my program, because learning essential botanical watercolor techniques could be very useful to improve painting quality in general.
Fee: $240 for 5 weeks, $50 per session

Beginning/Intermediate Watercolor: Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 25, July 2 & 9 (No class on June 18), 2019, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods, IL

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to Sep 7

Heeyoung Kim: New Works. Solo Exhibit at Joel Oppneheimger Gallery

Starting a painting of an orchid species is always thrilling. Heeyoung Kim has a special spot for a precious orchid in her heart. In this exhibit, she shows a collection of bold and enchanting orchid paintings. The gallery is located in downtown Chicago (10 E, Ohio St. Chicago, IL 60611). For opening hours, check at www.audubonart.com For inquiry about the exhibit or artworks, contact the gallery or Heeyoung Kim.

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to Nov 17

3 Day Workshop with Florida Botanical Artists Society: Green Leaves and White Flowers in Botanical Watercolor

Simple green leaves are not that simple, when it comes to botancial watercolor paitning. Innocent looking white flowers are also pretty troublesome for botancal artists. In this workshop, Heeyoung Kim will introduce her approach to make white flowers stand out without a lot of dark shadow and outlines. She will share her method of green mixing and paint applications along with botanical keys on leaves that need to be depicted  in scientifically accurate botanical arts and illustrations. There will be plenty of essential watercolor technique demonstrations and personal assistance by the instructor. 

For registration, contact Florida Botanical Artists Society. http://fsbaartists.com

Details of Darwin’s Orchid and Sphinx Moth, Watercolor, ©Heeyoung Kim 2019

Details of Darwin’s Orchid and Sphinx Moth, Watercolor, ©Heeyoung Kim 2019

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to Jun 20

3 Day Workshop at Lewis Ginter Garden: Advanced Botanical Watercolor Techniques- Richmond, VA, June 18-20, 2019

A good botanical watercolor art work should show the mastery of the medium, aesthetic quality and accurate scientific information of the plant(s). To achieve this goal, artists need not only to be able to use watercolor medium skillfully, but also to make decisions about what parts of the plant(s) to be depicted and how to do it. In this workshop, Heeyoung Kim will share her know-hows focusing on challenges that are common, yet critical to improve the quality of botanical artworks. For registration, go to Lewis Ginter Garden website www.lewisginter.org

Prairie Crabapple, watercolor, ©Heeyoung Kim

Prairie Crabapple, watercolor, ©Heeyoung Kim

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to Jun 16

3 Day Workshop at Brookside Garden, Silver Spring, MD, June 14, 15 & 16

Exploring Traditional Pen & Ink Techniques with Crow Quill

Heeyoung Kim

While convenient mechanical pens or pigment liners are available, learn why master artists like Heeyoung Kim find magic and value in using the old style of crow quill pen and ink. Crow quill pens are valued for their ability to create the finest, hair-like lines and detail in addition to being an affordable material. This workshop will explore how to implement the best techniques for stippling and line drawing using crow quill pens. You’ll learn how to achieve various weights of line through pressure and speed and create new effects through volume. Students will be taught how to introduce sepia color to their artwork and work on Bristol board with clean finishes.  We’ll enjoy time in the gardens harvesting fresh plant materials to study. 

For details and registration, https://www.montgomeryparks.org/events/school-botanical-art-illustration/

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to Jun 8

MASTER CLASS WITH HEEYOUNG KIM at Minnesota School of Botanical Art: Delicate Yet Rich Color in Botanical Watercolor JUNE 6, 7, 8, 2019

A delicate flower in rich color has its dark side: a nightmare for botanical artists. Too many layers of washes disturb the paper surface and edges become too heavy. As a solution for this issue, Heeyoung Kim likes to show how to make color application easy and quick through a well planned painting process. She will share essential watercolor painting techniques such as lifting, blending, cleaning edges, and 'super delicate' dry brush along with some tangible guides to achieve pleasing composition in botanical art. More information at www.minnesotaschoolofbotanicalart.com

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to May 28

Special Workshop: Botanical Watercolor Techniques- Heeyoung Kim

Upon requests, I am planning a special workhsop for 3 days around the Memorial Day weekend, but excluding Sunday, May 26. It will be focused on basic and essential watercolor techniques, work process from drawing to transferring, and how to tackle common painting issues.

Dates: Saturday, Monday & Tuesday, May 25, 27 & 28.

Time: 10 am - 4 pm

Fee: $385. ( Contact Heeyoung with questions about partial attendance.)

Venue: Brushwood Center, 21850 Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods, IL 60015.

Registration: Contact Heeyoung via this website/contact.

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1:00 PM13:00

Botany and Wildflower Walk with 'Illinois Botanizer', Chris Benda, Monday, May 6, 1-5 pm

Know your subjects! As a botanical artist, botany knowlege is critical to show scientific information about the plants depicted as an artwork or illustration plate. .  In this class, he will share his indepth knowlege on Illinois wildflowers, plant structure, ecology and natural history. After his presenstation (1-4 pm), he will lead wildflower walk in the woods at Ryerson Woods (4-5 pm) with Heeyoung Kim. Dress accordingly for outdoor walk. Class Fee: $45 Time: 1-5 pm, May 6. For registration, click here

Chris Benda, aka. Illinois Botanizer, is a botanist and past president of the Illinois Native Plant Society (2015-2016). He teaches the Flora of Southern Illinois at Southern Illinois University in the summer and a variety of classes at The Morton Arboretum. More information about Chris Benda, go to his website https://illinoisbotanizer.com

At Brushwood Center, Ryerson Woods, (21850 N. Riverwoods Rd, Riverwoods, IL)

Chris Benda, ‘Illinois Botanizer’, botanist, past president of the Illinois Native Plant Society (2015-2016)

Chris Benda, ‘Illinois Botanizer’, botanist, past president of the Illinois Native Plant Society (2015-2016)

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to Apr 14

Visiting Artist: Painting Lichen and Moss with Linda Medved Lufkin

 Workshop title: Lichen and Moss Covered Branches

 Workshop description: The subtle colors in lichens and mosses on branches make an excellent subject for watercolor. Strengthen your observation, rendering, wet-in-wet and dry brush techniques; as well as your color-mixing skill while we focus on drawing lichens and moss accurately and creating a dynamic composition with emphasis placed on creating maximum dimension. You will be given a presentation to help you understand the botany of the lichen and moss subjects that you will be painting. This class will focus on expression of form, structure, and color. Additional information will be given on how and when to use Ox Gall, Lifting Aid and Gum Arabique to widen your watercolor skill set.

 Instructor’s bio: Linda Medved Lufkin is an instructor at the Minnesota School of Botanical Art. Her work has been shown at the ASBA/Horticultural Society 20th & 19th Annual International exhibition and was awarded The Richmond & Lily Bates Award and The Helen Gray Garber Award, respectively, and the ASBA 2015 Small Works exhibit where she received an Honorable Mention Award. She has works in the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Florilegium Minneapolis, MN.

Fee: $365 for current students and Brushwood Center members. $375 for others.

Venue: Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods. 21850 N. Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods, IL

Registration through Heeyoung Kim (email through CONTACT )

Hawthorn Branch, watercolor by Linda Medved Lufkin

Hawthorn Branch, watercolor by Linda Medved Lufkin

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to Mar 10


Botanical drawing requires keen observation, precision, and attention to detail. Learn fresh ideas and tips from acclaimed wildflower painter Heeyoung Kim to take your drawing and pencil work featuring botanical subjects to the next level. All supplies included. Registration www.evanstonartcenter.org

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to Mar 19

New: Drawing Fundamentals 2: Botanical Drawing for Beginners 2019, Tuesdays, 1-4 pm

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 botanical artists. So, there is no need to feel intimidated in my class.
Fee: $240 for 5 weeks, $50 per session
Total 4 courses: Drawing Fundamentals 1, 2, 3 & 4. (approximately January - June)
Each course lasts 5 weeks

Drawing Fundamentals 1: Tuesdays (Jan 8 - Feb 5, 2019, 1 - 4 pm,

Drawing Fundamental 2: Tuesdays (Feb 19 - Mar 19, 2019, 1-4 pm)

at Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods. For registration, contact Heeyoung.

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to Dec 20

4th Annual Enriching Life at Brushwood Center: Works by Heeyoung Kim & Brushwood Botanical Artists

Opening Reception: November 4, 1 pm - 3 pm, 2018, at Brushwood Cetner. This annual exhibition has become a celebration for art, nature and Brushwood mission as well as each artist's achievement. 78 artworks in watercolor, ink, and graphite by 25 artists will be displayed all over the beautifully renovated historical house built in 1942 as a summer house for Edward L. Ryerson family. Year by year the Brushwood annual botanical exhibit charms locals with the beauty of the ancient art form.   

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to Oct 30

Tuesday Watercolor: Beginning Level 3

Beginning level botanical watercolor focusing on essential techniques. Every week new painting topic is introduced with demos by the instructor. The course will be continued toward the end of the year. Beginning Level 4 will be on Nov 6, 13, 20, 27 & Dec 4.

Classes are on Tuesday, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. 10 am - 1 pm. $47 per session. For registration, contact Heeyoung Kim.

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to Sep 30

Painting Leaves in Botanical Watercolor (Sold Out)

Septemge 29 & 30, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm, 2018. A two days workshop with focus on techniques. Either for a beginner or those with some watercolor experices, this will be a good chance to improve painting skills, especially with gren leaves in botancials. For registration, contact Heeyoung. At the moment, the class is full, but contact me to be in the waiting list or for additional workshop in the future. 

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to Sep 24

Botanical Ink Illustration with Nib Pen (Sold Out)

Two Mondays: September 17 & 24, 2018. 10 am - 4 pm.  There is something magical in old style pen nib and a bottle of ink, while convenient michanical pens or pigment lingers are available. Heeyoung Kim uses crow quill pen nibs for her fine botanical illustrations, and she will teach how to use them in this two days workshop. $85 per session. For registraion, contact Heeyoung.  

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to Sep 25

Tuesday Watercolor for Beginners

This one year program is designed by Heeyoung Kim for beginners.  Studetns will start from  Drawing Fundamentals 1, 2, 3 & 4, and continue with Watercolor Botanical 1, 2 & 3. Each class is focused on techniques and demonstrations by the instructor, and each students can receive lots of one on one guidance during the class. After finishing the program students can move on to either a half day workshop on Saturdays or a full day workshops on Mondays to continue to pursue boanical art and illustration. $215 for a course of 5 weeks.  For registration, contact Heeyoung. 

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to Dec 17

Monday Open Workshop at Brushwood Center

Monday open workshops are designed and taught by Heeyoung Kim for those who finished courses for beginners and/or intermediate level with her, and continue to hone their painting skills with her personal assistance. Students are encouraged to choose and study their own specimens with long term goals. This class will continure in 2019.

Every year, Heeyoung and her students mount Annual exhibition at Brushwood Center, which has become tradition at the beautiful historical house at Ryerson Woods. $85 per session. For registration, congact Heeyoung. Brushwood Center: 21850 Riverwoods Rd, Riverwoods (Deerfield), iL 

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2:00 PM14:00

Sketch at Lurie Garden, Millenium Park (Sold Out)

Sketch or color summer flowers at urban oasis, Lurie Garden at Millenium Park. Lurie Garden is designed by renowned landscape designer, Piet Oudolf and it provides various programs sponsored by the city of Chicago. Heeyoung Kim is one of a few invited artists and Chicago citizens can enjoy outdoor sketch with her guidance. For registration, contact Heeyoung. 

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