Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School: Where Burlesque Meets Life-Drawing

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School


If you are looking for an awesome evening of alternative life-drawing, Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is where you want to be.  Vancouver’s favourite burlesque dancers and circus performers take the stage as live models – giving artists the opportunity to practice their drawing skills with a dose of sexy, weird fun.

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School originated in Brooklyn in 2005.  Molly Crabapple dropped out of art school and decided art needed a hefty dose fun and accessibility.  And so, Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School was born.  With over 100 branches in cities around the world, Dr. Sketchy’s is fast becoming the karaoke of the art world.  It’s a place where people can get in touch with their artistic side without criticism or judgement.


Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School
This is what I drew when I was sober and knew I couldn’t draw. The model was wearing a sexy spacesuit. Do you see it?


This funky cabaret art class meets at irregular times, usually at least once a month (check their calendar for upcoming events).  Alcohol is permitted, nay encouraged, at Dr. Sketchy.  Have a drink, grab your pencils, and start drawing the most interesting models you will ever find in an art class.  Shary Contrary – the host of the Vancouver division – keeps the energy up by pumping out the best music and handing out flavoured lube as prizes during contest rounds.

For 4 years, Dr. Sketchy’s in Vancouver has made their home at the independent art gallery Hot Art Wet City.  Unfortunately, the cost of gentrification in Vancouver means our city has lost another great space.  For the foreseeable future, Dr. Sketchy’s will occur at various other venues around the city.


Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School
This is what happened later in the evening when I was no longer sober. I thought I was drawing so well…at least it’s starting to look human-like.


Tickets for this event are $12 CAD and can sell out – make sure you get yours ahead of time.  There’s nothing worse than standing outside in the cold trying to protect your sketchbook from the rain in the hopes a ticket holder doesn’t show up so you can take their seat.

Can’t draw?  No problem, all levels are welcome here.  Just come out, do your thing, and have a good time (and make sure you tip the model – holding a pose for 20 minutes is a physical feat that deserves to be rewarded with cold, hard cash).  Whatever your drawing skills, and after a bit of intoxication, you will unleash previously undiscovered talent from within yourself.  Just perhaps, you are the artist you always wanted to be.  The answer will be revealed to you in the sobering light of day.  Either way, a good time is guaranteed.

More info: Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, Dr. Sketchy’s in Vancouver



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10 Replies to “Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School: Where Burlesque Meets Life-Drawing”

  1. hahaha, I had no idea something like this existed. How much fun…I love drawing but I can see anyone doing this really.

  2. Vrithi Pushkar says: Reply

    How interesting and sounds like a fun activity with your friends! And imagine the results after a few rounds of drinks. I would do this in a heartbeat.

  3. Wow, this looks like a really cool thing to do. I don’t know how to draw, but I am sure it would be fun anyway. And maybe some alcohol would help, if not my drawing skills at least for my continent.

  4. Something like this would make for an interesting night out! Drinking and drawing burlesque pictures! I couldn’t quite work out the pictures you drew but they are better than any attempt I’d make!

  5. Haha this looks like so much fun!! I think I would have to have many beverages during this particularly activity! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Let’s all get drunk and draw, cool idea. We can’t wait to try this out. So is it BYOB or do they sell alcohol?

    1. It’s bar sales. Although, I suppose, what you drink in the alley during the break is your business…

  7. This looks like one of those art classes that would be most fun if you are NOT a great artist. Given that I can barely draw a stick figure, I could not imagine attempting this class, but I bet it would be hilariously fun trying to do! Love you sketches by the way!!

  8. Haha that looks like quite an alternative activity indeed. Well, I am not good at drawing but it might be a good idea for those who want to get some practice. Not something that I would be excited to try but maybe I will just for curiosity’s sake, ha!

  9. Jackie Taylor says: Reply

    That sounds like an interesting & fun activity! I wish I was more artistic haha. Thanks for sharing!!

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