Botanical Art Program by Heeyoung Kim at Brushwood Center, 2019

Heeyoung Kim, known as ‘wildflower painter’, works in watercolor, graphite pencil and ink to create botanical arts in a traditional/scientific way, yet with touch of modern edge with her keen sense of composition and mastery of the media she uses. Her numerous awards have proven her versatility. Her watercolors and graphite pencil drawing received 4 awards from New York International HSNY/ASBA including Best of Show (2012), RHS Gold Medal (2012), and her 3 watercolors are included in Prince of Wales’s Transylvania Florilegium. She exhibited her ink illustration at Margaret Flockton Award (2010, 2013), and 2 works in watercolor and ink at Hunt 13th International (2010). She has degree in education and 10 years of teaching experiences at public schools before her botanical art career. Since the founding of the program in 2011, Brushwood Center has become an incubator for the ancient art form in Chicago Metropolitan Area. Annual exhibition takes place showcasing the works by Heeyoung and her students at the end of the program during November and December. The program accomodates students of all levels on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays at Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods, IL. Please, check out the homepage of this website where the up-to-date classes are listed chronologically. Heeyoung also teaches nation wide as a visiting artist. If you are interested in hosting her workshop with botanical drawing, watercolor, pen & ink, and/or composition/critique, with your local group, contact her.

Monday Workshops (Intermediate/Advanced level, 10am - 4pm): 

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. 

Saturday Morning Workshops (All Levels, starts on Jan 12, 2019, 9am - 1pm):

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 will assist each individual’s project in various media (graphite pencil, pen and ink, watercolor and/or colored pencil). For registration, contact Heeyoung

  • $57 per session

  • There are plenty demos for basic and advanced techniques.

  • Students receive individual assistance and guide from the instructor.

Tuesday Morning Watercolor Class: (Intermediate Level, Jan 8- Feb 5, 2019, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm)

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. For registration, contacy Heeyoung (registration time is flexible).
Total 4 courses: Botanical Watercolor for Intermediate Level 1, 2, 3 & 4. (approximately January - June). Each course lasts 5 weeks.

Drawing Fundamentals : Botanical Drawing for Beginners: (Beginning Level, Starts on Jan 8, 2019, 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 botanial 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, Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods). For registration, contact Heeyoung.

  • All classes listed here occur at Brushwood Center @ Ryerson Woods, 21850 N. Riverwoods Road, Deerfield, IL 60015

  • Registration by emailing or calling Heeyoung Kim

  • Email:

  • Call: 847-903-7348

  • Students are invited to Annual Students Exhibition at Brushwood Center, Nov - Dec, 2018

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Workshops as a Visiting Artist 2019

2 Days Workshop at Evanston Art Center: Mar 9 & 10: Botanical Drawing: Basics and More- Master Class with Heeyoung Kim

3 Days Workshop at Minnesora School of Botanical Art: Jun 6, 7 & 8: Master Class with Heeyoung Kim: Delicate Yet Rich Color in Botanical Watercolor

3 Days Workshop at Brookside Gardens, Maryland: Jun 14, 15 & 16: Exploring Traditional Pen & Ink Techniques with Crow Quill

3 Days Workshop with Florida Botanical Artists Society: Nov 15, 16 & 17: Topic will be anounced later.

Two more workshops will be announced soon!

Currently, workshops for 2020 are open for booking. For inquiries, contact Heeyoung!