BOTANICAL ART ACADEMY
Founded by Heeyoung Kim in June of 2012, the Academy offers weekly classes in watercolor, graphite pencil, and pen-and-ink. The first "Enriching Life" exhibition opened on November 8, 2015, and has returned yearly as a way to celebrate the Academy's artists and their work over the year. View the latest "Enriching Life" exhibition here.
This ongoing course led by internationally known botanical artist, Heeyoung Kim, is designed for botanical art students of all levels who are willing to make a commitment to learn and improve their drawing and painting skills. The most basic but most important techniques will be studied through the course with continuity, so that students can truly absorb the techniques and apply them intuitively. Some sessions will focus on a specific topic or skill, some will be "open" and allow the students to work on their own projects with guidance and advice from the instructor.
Classes are now back in-person, pre-registration required.
About Heeyoung Kim
Known as ‘Wildflower Painter’, Kim paints and documents native plants in watercolor, graphite pencil and ink 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 in media. Her watercolors and graphite pencil drawing received 4 awards from New York International HSNY/ASBA (Horticultural Society of New York/American Society of Botanical Artists) including Best of Show (2012), RHS (Royal Horticultural Society London) Gold Medal (2012). Her three watercolors are included in Prince of Wales’s Transylvania Florilegium. She exhibited her ink illustrations at Margaret Flockton Award (2010, 2013), and 2 works in watercolor and ink at Hunt 13th International (2010). She had five solo exhibitions and exhibited in numerous international juried group exhibitions. Since its founding, HK Botanical Art Academy at Brushwood Center has become an incubator for the ancient art form in Chicago Metropolitan Area.