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Adult Opportunities

Botanical Watercolor: A Strategic Approach and Fundamental Techniques

Grow your botanical watercolor skills in this intermediate workshop.

Content Detail

Award-winning botanical artist Heeyoung Kim will share her botanical watercolor painting process from the selection of the specimen to the finishing touches. Students will choose specimens from the Arboretum (or their own favorite plants) and learn how to compose and draw with accurate botanical and scientific information. After the drawing is finished, step-by-step watercolor instructions will be given to achieve three-dimensional and realistic results for each challenging part of the plant structure.

The workshop will be focused on the methods and procedures to guide students at all levels to follow along with their choices of plant subjects. See What to Know for details on supplies.

This program meets in person at The Morton Arboretum.

Instructor: Heeyoung Kim, botanical artist

Age: 16 and older


Heeyoung Kim, botanical artist

Heeyoung Kim, known as a wildflower painter, is the founder of Heeyoung Kim Botanical Art Academy and artist in residence at Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods. She has been documenting common and rare native plants in Midwestern prairies and woodlands. Her works have been recognized with numerous awards including RHS Gold (2012), Best in Show (15th New York International, 2012), and Diane Bouchier Award in Excellence in Botanical Art by ASBA (2012), among others.

She teaches botanical art in graphite, watercolor, and ink at all levels. She has an ongoing in-person open workshop on Mondays, and her Zoom classes attract students globally, especially those who want to paint native plants and pollinators in their regions.

What to Know

This workshop is for intermediate and advanced artists. Students should have previous experience working with watercolor.

Students will need to bring supplies. View the supply list.

Held indoors.


Program Schedule

Friday through Sunday, March 24, 25, and 26, 2023

9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Thornhill Education Center


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