Every second Tuesday, Sydneysiders pick up their art gear and head to the stylish Art House Hotel. They are looking forward to a night of glamour, a few drinks and some old-fashioned fun.
Dr Sketchy's isn't your average art school. Hence its name 'Anti-Art School'. The phenomenon is sweeping the world, bringing together cabaret, burlesque and creative spirits. Well, as Catriona is fond of all three, she and her best friend went to see what it was all about.
Dr Sketchy's was started by artist and burlesque girl Molly Crabapple in New York in 2005, and is now in 80 cities at last count. Classes are not really anti-art. On the contrary, they are anti the formality of some schools. There are no rules and you don't need to be good to join in. From beginners to professionals, they all turn up for the glamour.
It stages burlesque life-art classes that encourage amateur artists to sketch the cabaret acts performed in front of them. You're treated to dancers, pin-up and fetish models and performers posing in elaborate costumes of sequins, fishnets and feathers. Each class has different themes and models and every sitting has a live performance.
Artists compete for prizes between the odd shimmy and sip.
If you've ever been to an art class that was boring, give Dr Sketchy's a go and chances are you will want to return.
The Arthouse Hotel in the centre of Sydney.
Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art Classes are held at The Arthouse Hotel every second Tuesday between 6:30pm and 9:30pm. They cost $20 if booked on-line or $18 at the door. They are $25 with a sketch pack. They offer a free drink on arrival.
Prices correct at October 22, 2009.
For further information
Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art Class
The Arthouse Hotel
275 Pitt Street
Ph: (02) 9284 1200