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Drawing: far-fetched humor and absurdities

Start Thu 4 July '24
10:00 - 17:00

1 session


Standard price: € 49
All prices

Location WISPER Gent
Dok Noord 4D 001
9000 Gent

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Language & teacher(s) Dutch/English

It is human to always be looking for a logical explanation for all that is happening around us, but in this course we do the opposite! We try to consciously turn off the explanatory process so that our imagination can have free rein.

Because: in a drawing, anything is possible. Stones falling up, a colorful bird of paradise becoming the new president of the U.S.A.. For years, absurdism has been used by artists, writers and thinkers to evade the fixed rules of the world we live in.

This course is all about far-fetched humor, bizarre combinations and, above all, very absurd situations. The best absurd drawings often derive their power from their simplicity; just look at illustrators like David Shrigley and Hugleikur Dagsson.

So you certainly don't have to be a master illustrator to get your (absurd) ideas on paper. In any case, we at WISPER are no fans of the labels "right" and "wrong," but in a world without meaning, those terms matter even less.

For this drawing day, we take inspiration from contemporary artists such as Julie Curtiss and Brecht Vandenbroucke, as well as well-known names such as René Magritte and Dorothea Tanning.

Feel like swearing off logic and meaning for a whole day and taking in the world in an absurd way? Join us!


All materials are provided and included in your course fee.

Fancy a drink before or after your course? During our Ghent Summer Week, the WISPER bar will be open on Tuesday July 2, Wednesday July 3 and Thursday July 4 from 5pm to 10pm.

Level of experience

Level X: you don't need any experience to participate, only the desire to try out new things!


  • Thu 4 July '24
    10:00 - 17:00
    WISPER Gent - Beeldatelier


  • WISPER Gent Dok Noord 4D 001
    9000 Gent Show on map

    WISPER Gent is situated at the Dok Noord site. Make sure to read the information on our Dok Noord page beforehand because this place can be a bit of a maze when you first come here.



Thomas Janssens

Thomas is our staff member for visual arts in Ghent. He studied Graphic Storytelling at LUCA School…
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