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Haiga Workshop

May 6 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


An exploration of the Japanese art form of Haiga with Barry Allen and Nika (Jim Force)

Historically since 1600 Haiga is a style of Japanese painting that incorporates the aesthetics of HaikuHaiga is typically painted by haiku poets and accompanied by a haiku poem. Like the poetic form it accompanied, Haiga was based on simple, yet often profound, observations of the everyday world. A modern interpretation of Haiga involves a poetic response that combines a photographic image with a Haiku in which the Haiku deepens the experience of viewing the photograph.

We will:

  • explore the art of Haiga
  • develop skills in writing Haiku
  • explore photographic compositional elements of light, subject, simplicity, and special consideration for Haiga images.
  • make images and review those images.
  • provide the opportunity to create a series of Haiga.

All levels of photographers and writers wanting to engage in the art form of Haiga are welcome.

Saturday, May 6, 2022

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About Jim Force (Nika)

Jim Force, Ph. D., a retired educator whose focus and interest was outdoor and experiential education, writes under the pen name Nika. He is a member of Haiku Canada and the Haiku Society of America. His main interest is in collaborating with photographers to create Haiga. His haiku have been widely published in journals and anthologies in North America and abroad. He has published two chapbooks: frogs singing (1993) and snail my friend (2015).


About Barry Allen

Barry’s passion as a photographer is to experience the moment and capture the magic in the world around him. The work is contemplative, utilizing elements of simplicity and story. His approach to photography is spontaneous and reactive — going out on adventures with no preconceived notion of anything. Images are created as he experiences the wonder of nature.

As an educator and professional learning specialist, Barry encouraged students and educators to evaluate and share learning with photographs, photo essays, storytelling and digital stories. Now he teaches photography, joins a friend in creating and teaching the Japanese art form Haiga (Haiku plus an Image) and makes intimate images to inspire people to explore and “see” the magic in the world. Barry’s work is showcased on


May 6
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Route 22 Artist Collective Gallery
312 Fifth Avenue #18
Cochrane, Alberta T4C2E3 Canada
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