© Sahar Khosravi

Our late night painting studio Painting Nights is about to celebrate its tenth edition. For the occasion, we are putting on our ice skates and heading for Kristallijn Ghent on Saturday, December 9. In a few short sessions, and under the guidance of a teacher, we'll transform the graceful movements of a group of figure skaters into images together.

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Painting Nights #10 leads us to Kristallijn in Ghent. This ice rink is the usual training spot of the Kristallijn Skating Club of Ghent, a group of figure skaters led by coach and former World Cup participant in synchronized skating Maxime Hanssens. Every week they strap on their ice skates and train on synchronized skating. Think graceful pirouettes and impressive flips, lifts and spins. Be inspired by their graceful movements, the lines on the ice, the swishing of the skates or the glittery outfits. These athletes with a great sense of aesthetics will undoubtedly give you enough inspiration for an evening of painting fun in an unusual location.

We start with an info session on how to bring movement into your visual work. The instructor in charge Stans Vrijsen will give you tips & tricks and inspiring examples. As an experienced drawing instructor, she will share with you some valuable insights and tips that can sharpen your creative vision. Then we head to the ice rink to attend a training session. About 20 skaters in glittery competition outfits perform synchronized movements on the ice. What position you will take is up to you. Don't like stepping on slippery ice? Then you can stand along the rink or set up your easel in the tribune. Would you like to get a closer look at the ice skaters? Then feel free to challenge yourself on the ice, with or without ice skates. We will finish the evening in the bar of the rink, where we can show each other our work. Not yet done skating? After the wrap-up talk, you can put on your skates until 21:30, and end the evening swaying on the rink.

This tenth edition is the last Painting Nights in its current form. We are letting a new wind blow through the concept, bringing not only painters and illustrators to unusual locations. Keep an eye on our newsletter for upcoming plans!


  • when
    Saturday 9 December from 17h00 to 20u30
  • location
    Ice rink Kristallijn, Warmoezeniersweg 20, 9000 Ghent
    The ice rink is difficult to reach by public transportation and is located along an unlit road outside the city center. Preferably come by car. Want to come but don't have transportation? Give us a call, we'll see how we can help.
  • good to know
    The language of the evening is Dutch.
    The space is not wheelchair accessible.
    Hungry or thirsty? Kristallijn offers a variety of food in their bar.
  • get ticket
    10 euro (reduction fee) / 15 euro (regular fee) / 20 euro (support fee)
    includes a drink, entrance to Kristallijn, support of a teacher
    For this activity we use a 'pay what you can'. We offer three options, you can choose which price suits you best.

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