“Dr. Sketchy’s will cure you of every boring art class you’ve ever been to.”
- The Sunday Age, Melbourne

Tuesdays fortnightly

7pm – 9:30pm, Doors open 6:30pm

Dr Sketchys – Sydney home:

Arthouse Hotel,

Attic Bar level 2

275 Pitt Street, Sydney

(Next door to the Hitlon Hotel)


Dr. Sketchy’s is what happens when cabaret meets art school.

Come and join us for a fun-filled evening drawing Australia’s most beautiful burlesque performers, cabaret singers and vintage models. The night is a visual feast of extravagant costumes, music, and creative entertainment. Whether you’re in line for next year’s Archibald, or have trouble drawing a straight line with a ruler, Dr Sketchy’s life drawing caters for all levels.


The evening also includes a themed live performance, comedy skits and audience participation presided over by an MC.


Entry includes a welcome drink (beer, wine or soft drink) or you can choose the full Dr Sketchy’s experience with a pre-anti-art school dinner.


Ticket types:

$40 – Dinner with Dr Sketchy’s (ArtHouse Hotel only)

$25 – Reserved entry with sketch pad and pencil

$20 – Regular reserved entry

Visit the blog page to by tickets or contact Alisa Angell on 0450 022 104 or email aangell@thearthousehotel.com.au

About Dr. Sketchy’s
About the Worldwide Spread of Dr. Sketchy’s
About Dr. Sketchy’s founder Molly Crabapple

Dr. Sketchy’s is the little Brooklyn event that became a movement. Founded in 2005 by artist Molly Crabapple, Dr. Sketchy’s asked a simple question. Why can’t drawing naked people be sexy?

Here’s our attempt at an answer.

We combed New York to find the most beautiful burlesque dancers, the most bizarre circus freaks, and the most rippling hunks of man. Then, every other Saturday, we let you draw them for three hours. Interspersed with posing are comedy skits and ridiculous drawing contests (best left handed drawing? Best incorporation of a woodland animal?) where you can win booze or prizes.

We hauled the lights, sent out thousands of listings, and wheatpasted posters during snowstorms. We also insisted on our models making the highest wages in the city.

Dr. Sketchy’s has received scads of media attention for it’s combination of burlesque and art. We’ve been the subject of literally hundreds of articles, radio spots and TV shows around the world. We’ve been written up in The LA Times, the Washington Post, Time Out New York, Time Out London, The Village Voice, The Sunday Age in Melbourne, NY Press, Gothamist, Fleshbot, The National Post (Canada), Nikkei Trendy (Japan) and scores of alt.weeklies. Talking heads have talked about us on air in the USA, France,Germany, Finland, Brazil, Scotland, Australia, and Canada. We were chosen as “Best Wacky Life Drawing Session” by Shecky’s 2007 Best of New York, and have places in Time Out and Lonely Planet Guides.

In the meantime, artists across the world wanted in on our three hours of decadence. Starting in Norfolk, Virginia, but soon spreading from Hollywood to London to Melbourne, Dr. Sketchy’s began popping up across the globe. Now we’re a 50-city strong art community, with new branches starting each week.

In June 2006, we signed with Sepulculture Books to do Dr. Sketchy’s Official Rainy Day Colouring Book. Written by Molly Crabapple and John Leavitt, The Colouring Book is one part official Dr. Sketchy’s history and DIY compendium, one part activity book on acid. Filled with drinking games, paper dolls, dirty word finds, and almost a hundred illustrations, it’s available for sale now, with its first printing selling out fast.

In 2007, Molly toured the US, founding branches and spreading the Sketchy’s gospel. We brought Dr. Sketchy’s to Miss Exotic World, the San Diego Comic-Con, the New York Burlesque Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We also threw international gallery shows, exclusive underground loft parties, a 2008 Dr. Sketchy’s pinup calender, and even our radio-free radio show.

As Dr. Sketchy’s enters it’s third year, we couldn’t be prouder. And we want to hear from you. Whether you’re a New York Times reporter, documentary filmmaker, glittering burlesque girl, or just some scruffy art monkey off the street, drop by for your portal to babes, booze and Bristol.

Now, get drawing.

About Dr Sketchy’s Sydney

Dr Sketchy’s Sydney was started in April 2007 by Australian burlesque agent and producer Jac Bowie. After the success of her first Burlesque Ball in Australia, and having some of the best burlesque, circus and vintage performers and models, it made sense to Jac  to make contact with Molly Crabapple and commence the franchise in Sydney.

In 2010, Alisa Angell (who co-produced the event from 2007 with Jac) took over the reigns of the Sydney branch, and it’s still going strong.

Since it’s beginnings, Dr Sketchy’s in Sydney has gone on to become one of the most successful branches in the world, featuring a feast of local and international performers. The branch has not only been a hit with guests – constantly featured in the media including TV, Sydney Morning Herald, The Lonely Planet, Time Out Magazine, Cherrie Magazine, Daily Addict, Sydney City Weekly and many many more. Dr Sketchy’s Sydney was also recently the Farmer’s choice for his group date with the female contestants on TV show Farmer Wants A Wife , also appeared on “Getaway” & “Sydney Weekender” and is now listed as a must do “date” in the Sydney edition of “Tomorrow’s Date” cards.

Described as an “absolute must do while in Sydney” – Dr Sketchy’s Sydney offers a wonderful night in…

About Molly Crabapple

Molly Crabapple is an artist, author, and the founder of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School. A former artist’s model, Molly founded Dr. Sketchy’s when she was 22, and is as shocked as anyone at its astronomical growth. When not running Sketchy’s, Molly pays the bills as a fine artist and illustrator for places like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Marvel Comics. She has a saucy, smart-ass Victorian style that gets her written about, but blocked by NSFW filters. In her free time, Molly enjoys books, making webcomics, and coffee. Someday, she hopes to visit all the Dr. Sketchy’s branches.

You can see more of Molly at www.mollycrabapple.com


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