Haiga Art Workshop: Create Poetry & Art of Places You Love



Learn how to create haiga art – composing haiku accompanied with a sketch – that captures special memories of a place you love.

A workshop to introduce the art form of haiga (haiku with ink drawing), modernised from 16th-century Japan, with a focus on places. Koh Buck Song will speak from his haiga practice since 2015, including from his book Around the World in 68 Days: Observations of Life from a Journey Across 13 Countries (Penguin, 2021).

Participants interested in both poetry and drawing can pick up tips on how to write haiku poems and draw sketches of places they love, either somewhere in Singapore, or visited overseas, especially as global travel reopens.


This workshop takes place on: 

  • 20 August 2022 (Saturday), 9:30 am to 12:30 pm SGT

*Please note that there is no lift access to the training room.


Workshop Outline:

(1) Intro to haiga art

(2) Hands-on writing of haiku poems

(3) Hands-on drawing of haiga art


Minimum – Maximum Number of Participants: 1 – 30 pax

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and workshop fees must be paid before the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not met for the class, the organisers will inform all participants about possible postponement and cancellation, two weeks before the workshop date.



The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.

Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us up to 5 working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Those who did not turn up at the workshop will not receive a refund.

Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation and withdrawal policy and accept the terms contained therein.


20 Aug 2022
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Singapore Book Council Training Room
Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Block E, #03-32, Singapore Book Council Training Room

Course Fee: $60
Eventbrite Registration Fee: $3.17


Past Academy attendees are entitled to a 20% promo for the tickets. To redeem the promo code, please email [email protected] to request.

Buddy Tickets are available at 20% off. 




Koh Buck Song

Koh Buck Song

Koh Buck Song is the author and editor of almost 40 books, of which six are volumes of poetry and haiga art, including Around The World In 68 Days: Observations Of Life From A Journey Across 13 Countries (2021, with 13 haiga artworks of haiku with ink sketches). As the National Gallery Singapore’s Poet-in-Residence 2021-22, he has a forthcoming book of poems that includes 10 haiga artworks.

Inspired by his visit to Japan in 2015 on a Japan Foundation invitation as a cultural leader of Singapore, he started modernising haiga, a 16th-century Japanese art form, and has held several exhibitions, including at the Esplanade’s Super Japan Festival 2016, and an ASEAN 50th anniversary event in Vientiane, Laos, in 2017.