Workshop: Japanese Haiku Painting (Haiga)
Traditional Japanese haiga is artwork which combines painting and poetry, a juxtaposition of images and words in a quick expressive style. Inspired by artworks in the Asian Art Museum, learn to experiment with ink and brushes, and write your own short verses (haiku) which you will incorporate in the painting. The workshop, led by artist Michael Hofmann and poet Patricia Machmiller, is a unique opportunity to learn how to add poetry to your work, or enhance your words with the brush.
This workshop is for beginning to intermediate brush painters, calligraphers, and poets.
Painter Michael Hofmann has given several painting workshops at the museum in recent years. He has exhibited his work in galleries and museums throughout Japan, and has illustrated numerous poetry collections, including Simmering Away (White Pine Press) and Hojoki: Visions of a Torn World (Stonebridge Press), and more recently, the novel Hidden Buddhas by Berkeley writer Liza Dalby (Stonebridge Press).
Patricia J. Machmiller is a poet and artist. She has been writing haiku for thirty-five years and painting for eleven years. She has two books of haiga: Sweet Reverence of Little Birds (www.lulu.com, 2010) done in collaboration with artist Floy Zitten and calligrapher Martha Dahlen and Mountain Trails: Following the Master (2010). Her book of haiku, Blush of Winter Moon (Jarcaranda Press, 2000) includes brush paintings by Mary Hill. You can see her modern haiga series, "Haiku Etchings," at www.patriciajmachmiller.com.
10:30 am to 3:30 pm, Education Studios (with 30-minute lunch break)