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.
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.
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.