Strutt’s Sketching Studio

Strutt’s Sketching Studio

Calling aspiring artists and seasoned sketchers!

Presented in collaboration with the State Library of Victoria, Strutt’s Sketching Studio is special pop-up artist space, inspired by William Strutt’s acclaimed artistry.

Drop in to this free 2 day sketching studio and practise your craft, as always, we are all inclusive and this is suitable for all levels and abilities.

Relive Melbourne’s golden age, when Victoria became a separate colony, gold was discovered, bushrangers roamed and explorers launched bold expeditions into the Australian interior.

These dramatic transformations were captured in stunning paintings, sketches and drawings by William Strutt (1825–1915), whose work encompasses the brutal fury of the Australian landscape and the human drama of life in the mid-19th century.  In collaboration with, Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School Melbourne these images and characters will be bought to life for your inside of Strutt’s Sketching Studio.

Art tools, boards, a selection of pencils and drawing paper will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own personal sketchbook, but please note that ink and paint are not permitted in the studio.

On Friday 23 Sept: practise portraiture and still-life with 40-minute live model sit times (20-minute poses).

On Saturday 24 Sept: contribute to a giant historical drawing, capturing models in authentic bushranger costumes, with landscape elements and a life-size model horse.

During your day, visit Heroes and villains: Strutt’s Australia and see examples of William Strutt’s masterful portaiture, preparatory sketches and large-scale historical paintings.


Latest video is out!

For those that missed our REBIRTH at Beinart Art Gallery in June, here it is!!

Featuring the designs of Sex Cake Monster and performers Gem Falconer and Fox Pflueger.

Jump over to our Vimeo page to see all of our hilarious little shorts!

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Booty, butts, big butts, fat-bottomed girls, junk in the trunk, parody of the patootie!

Dr Sketchy’s returned to Melbourne with a sold out session last month.

So how do we follow that up?!

With a whole lotta booty!


Sunday 14 August at BeinArt Gallery,  Miss Jane Doe and the one and only Frankie Valentine bring the booty…

BABY GOT BACK The Accolade to ASS!

Frankie Valentine and Vesper White created Baby Got Back as a celebration of everything ASS; a tribute to toosh, a dedication to derriere!

A dance party for fellow backside worshippers to show off the junk in their trunk, and revel in stage performances of the best booty dancers from the east coast of Australia.

And at Dr Sketchy’s we are going to get to continue the worship and draw some of the best butts in town.

WHEN Sunday 14 August 5pm – 7pm.
Doors at 4.45pm
WHERE beinArt Gallery 1 Sparta Place Brunswick
TICKETS HERE ***** Please note art monkeys we have REDUCED the capacity to make sure everyone is comfy! This will mean tickets will sell sooner! *****

Like Kurt Vonnegut said “practising an art, no matter how well or how badly is a way to make your soul grow”. Check out previous sessions from The Toff in Town at our Vimeo page

Dr Sketchy’s Melbourne 2015 finale! What a night!

And here it finally is!  The footage of our greatest session in 9 humungous years!

A cast of massive talent and extreme beauty we had a session packed to the seems with our much loved art monkeys.

Agent Cleave, Lilikoi Kaos, and TANZER dominated the stage as we wrapped up with Melanie Knight and Knive Knixx surprising everyone with as the final models for the session.

We are so thrilled to be returning to Melbourne this June 12 at beinArt Gallery in Brunswick.  Thank you all for the supprot and see you soon!

Sunday June 12 2016 – the rebirth!

After a 12 month hiatus we have reflected, celebrated and collated the last 9 years of Sketchy mayhem.  This June Dr. Sketchy Melbourne will be rebirthed featuring the extraordinary living puppets of Sex Cake Monster, with performance artist Fox Flueger.

Breathing new life into the event with the promise of remaining the most entertaining and inclusive life drawing session in town we have teamed up with the wonderfully curious and strange beinArt Gallery.

Fox Flueger_Credit_Aiichiro Uno Photography
Dr. Sketchy has been a boon to the art scene since its inception, promoting creativity and community in every city that runs one. A wildly inclusive event– young and old, those who have drawn before, and those who have never picked up a pencil, this is the perfect place to get your fill of drawing fun.

Like Kurt Vonnegut said “practising an art, no matter how well or how badly is a way to make your soul grow”