“Dr. Sketchy’s will cure you of every boring art class you’ve ever been to.”
– The Sunday Age, Melbourne
Throughout history artists have paid beautiful courtesans to sit for their most intimate works.
Lautrec, Klimt, Schiele, the list goes on. Now, you can join them…
Tired of bowls of fruit and lifeless life classes?
Fancy having a scribble but not sure where to start?
Need something fabulous for a Sunday afternoon?
Booze, Tunes, Performance, Sketching.
Part art, part cabaret, all fun.
The world’s premier alternative drawing movement. Whether you’re an artstar or a scribbling newbie,
Dr. Sketchys is the perfect place to get your fill of drawing fun.
Come sketch glamorous underground performers, listen to good tunes, and drink great cocktails.
Harxest Mag describes the event as “a room full of friendly people, an appreciation for art, beautiful models, unreal costumes and a truck load of fun times.”
Melbourne is now the longest running session in the world, celebrating 9 years in 2015.
Recent years has seen a formidable array of performers hit the Dr. Sketchy stage. In keeping with our ethos of providing an eclectic and exiting display of the country’s most unique and inspiring performers we greeted Tim Rogers of You am I, dancers of The Australian Ballet, a now traditional run of summer sessions in The Famous Spiegeltent hosting the talents of Opera star Ali McGregor with globetrotting burlesque star Gypsy Wood, cabaret chantuese Simoncee Page Jones and star of BRIEFS – all male vaudeville, The King of Boylesque Mark “Captain Kidd’ Winmill.
In 2010 a successful KickStarter campaign raised funds within hours to secure local girl Melanie Knight a trip to speak on the success of the Melbourne branch at the 2nd International Sketchy-Con event. Since that time we have appeared in numerous festivals around the country including Falls, Woodford, Boogie, Midsumma and Rites of Passage tattoo convention. and featured on Getaway, Farmer Wants a Wife, Time Out Magazine & The Lonely Planet Guide. With an extra special pop-up session inside of Australia’s foremost Low-Brow gallery, Outre to launch US painter Sylvia Ji’s first international exhibition.
A boon to the art scene since its inception, promoting creativity and community in every city that runs one. Providing a space for artists to draw the flourishing alternative scenes that include phenomenal performers and other unique muses that might otherwise be inaccessible to the lone artist. It brings together students, amateurs and professionals into one space to socialize and create together with the aid of tunes and booze!