Shahai Online Course

Start Date: Monday 20th May 2019 through to Monday 27th May (rolling enrolment on this course).


Update 30th May 2019: Room for one last minute place if you would like to join us on the course!


End Date: Monday 22nd July 2019


Level: This course is suitable for any level of experience in photography, from beginners upwards, but it would help to get the most out of the course if you already have some experience in writing haiku or tanka.


No. of Assignments and Feedback: 3


Group Size: up to 5  One Place Remaining.


Tutors: Alan Summers (haiku and tanka) and Penney Ellis (photography).


Course DescriptionShahai is a less familiar term than haiga – the traditional pairing of a haiku with a picture. Shahai is a haiga where the picture is a photographic image.


In the Call of the Page shahai online course, participants are given prompts and ideas as to how to create shahai of their own. Our in-house haiku expert Alan Summers will give feedback on the poetry element, and feedback on the image comes from Penney Ellis, an experienced photographic tutor and artist.


The course format consists of three sessions over two months. Participants send in two shahai each time, and the dual feedback from the tutors is accessed by all the class, in an especially created online gallery.


On this course, some of our students prefer to explore shahai through classic photography subjects, but there is also scope to experiment with different forms of photography, and styling of your shots.


Participants may choose to make their shahai with tanka instead of haiku or senryu.


Full Cost: £175 (approx US$226) 


Early Bird Rate: £165 (approx US$213) if booking by Friday 17th May.



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Update 30th May 2019: Room for one last minute place if you would like to join us on the course!

Shahai Online Course
175.00 GBP

For a place on the Shahai Online course, starting Monday May 20th, 2019.

This course has a rolling enrolment until Monday 27th May, as long as places are still available.


Shahai Online FAQs

Do I need to be able to log on at a particular time?


No, the sessions run in participants’ own time, and they are notified when there is new feedback or a new assignment to view.


Can I use my phone camera for this course?


We have had people use smartphone cameras for this course previously, but a separate camera is recommended. One immediate advantage is that you can frame the picture more easily and flexibly on a dedicated camera with a zoom.


I don’t have any experience of adding text to photographs, does this matter?


There are ways of adding text without any special software, and we can advise you on this at the outset of the course.

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