fbpx Visiting Artist Series: Botanical Watercolor as More than Mere Illustration with Heeyoung Kim | The Morton Arboretum

Visiting Artist Series: Botanical Watercolor as More than Mere Illustration with Heeyoung Kim

Schedule and Location

Three days: Friday, August 10, through Sunday, August 12, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$278.00 member
$320.00 nonmember

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

Course Description

A botanical drawing of purple flowers and yellow flowersHeeyoung will introduce lots of tricks and techniques that can instantly elevate the quality of botanical illustration including some ideas about composition.

Heeyoung Kim documents native plants of Midwestern prairies and woods. Rare and endangered ones are in her priority as plant population is rapidly decreasing globally. She creates detailed portrayals of each plant and its life cycle through keen observation and broad research throughout its growing seasons in natural habitats. Her paintings and drawings are distinguished with scientific accuracy, authentic composition, and masterful rendering of the medium.

Her watercolor paintings of prairie plants were garnered with the most distinguished awards in the world, including Gold Medal from Royal Horticultural Society, London (2012), Best in the Show from New Horticultural Society (2012) and Diane Bouchier Artist Award for Excellence in Botanical Art by the American Society of Botanical Artists in 2012.

Instructor: Heeyoung Kim, botanical artist and educator
Notes: Intermediate/advanced workshop; previous watercolor experience required.  Limit 16
Supplies: Please click here for the supply list. If cost is a barrier, the Arboretum has many supplies that students may borrow, courtesy of the Nature Artists’ Guild. Please contact the program coordinator at bpudar@mortonarb.org to inquire.


Course number


Course Details

ONLINE:  REGISTER NOW, opens new tab
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 (or to be waitlisted, M-F, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
IN PERSON: Stop by Visitor Center during open hours.


Weather Cancellation Hotline
Classes run rain or shine unless there is a threat of server weather. If severe weather is forecast please call 630-719-7979 for updates on weather related cancellations.