Creative Conversations - Haiga: The Delightful Art Form That Blends Simple Sketches with Poetic Text (Free Online Event)

  • Friday, March 05, 2021
  • Friday, March 12, 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • Friday, March 05, 2021, 3:00 PM 4:00 PM (PST)
  • Friday, March 12, 2021, 3:00 PM 4:00 PM (PST)
  • Print & Book Virtual Zoom Room (Pacific Standard Time)
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    Registration will close on Wednesday, March 3rd at 3:00 PM.

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**This workshop will be conducted via live streaming with Zoom.**

Haiga is an ancient Japanese art form that combines a Haiku poem with a very simple painted image, using pens, ink and a touch of watercolor. To start off the first of the two sessions, Haiga artist, Dorothy Matthews will introduce us to the world of Haiku poetry, chat a bit about the use of watercolor paints, then show examples of Haiga that will prompt you to exclaim, 'I can do that in my journal... or on our trip...or even in my yard!'...And you can! 

The conversation will continue with demos, tips & hints, plus thoughts on approaches and resources. As the 1st session closes, participants will be encouraged to give it a try at home, and then show & share their Haiga creations with the group at the beginning of session 2 on March 12th .

An ‘around the house’ list of supplies will be provided in your registration confirmation email. These sessions promise to be lively - with comments, Q&As, creativity and laughter.

We will present Creative Conversations in a two-session format. The first session will be a presentation of recent work by a guest artist. The second session will be a group sharing of participant's work inspired by the presentation.

These events will be held each month on the first and second Friday of the month. The subject will change each month.

Participants are encouraged to gather the following “around the house” items to have handy for the first session of the Haiga Creative Conversation, as well as for the at-home creative challenge. Don’t fret if an item isn’t available: Innovation is the key word for these Conversations. 

  • For taking notes -    
    • Pencil or pen, and  
    • paper (or notebook)   
  • For experimenting along with Dorothy –   
    • A protected work surface for spills and oops;  
    • Some string and clips/clothespins to dry and admire work;  
    • Black pen, basic watercolor set plus brush;   
    • White paper heavier than copier paper -- multimedia pp is best, but 
      any heavy paper will do; and , finally
    • Some other ‘color’ (in addition to watercolor set) felt tips, crayons, 
      color inks, etc., as available. 
  • For saving masterpieces –  
    • Recycled shipping envelopes;  
    • Used paper bags; and/or  
    • Heavy wrapping paper.  


  • This is a free online event. Sign up a friend too!
  • Registration will close on Wednesday, March 3rd at 3:00 PM.
  • This event will be presented via Zoom. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorialPlease make sure you have the most current version of the Zoom software.
  • A link to join this online event will be sent to the email you registered with. Please watch for this email. You may need to check your spam folder.

Artist bio:

Dorothy Mathews has spent decades walking the art path with adults, in media that range from clay to watercolor. This journey led artist Dorothy to Haiga – an art form that uses minimum materials along with an open, creative mindset. Haiga relies on life experiences as well as artful, lighthearted observations of nature....which also describes Dorothy!

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