About

“Dr. Sketchy’s will cure you of every boring art class you’ve ever been to.”

– The Sunday Age, Melbourne

Part art, part cabaret, all fun.

“a room full of friendly people, an appreciation for art, beautiful models, unreal costumes and a truck load of fun times.” Harxest Mag

The world’s original alternative drawing movement.

Whether you’re an artstar or a scribbling newbie, Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is the perfect place to get your fill of drawing fun. Art brings people together, regardless of age, colour, gender or sexual orientation.

Melbourne’s underground performance scene is an amazing source of inspiration for artists and is the well from which we draw our models, inviting them to our community where we celebrate the fun often left behind as adults with creativity and drawing.

Melbourne is now the longest running session in the world, celebrating 11 years in 2017

Dr. Sketchy is what happens when cabaret meets art school. Since 2006 we’ve been throwing events that let artists draw glamorous underground performers in an atmosphere of joyful mayhem. Founded in Brooklyn by art activist Molly Crabapple, making plans with local artist Mel Knight from her apartment in New York to bring the event to Melbourne.

Dr. Sketchy has now spread to over 150 cities in the world and changed the way life drawing is done.

Theatre and the visual arts have been separated for too long. We seek to combine them, providing a space for people of all abilities to draw the flourishing alternative performance scene that might otherwise be inaccessible to the lone artist.

Art brings people together, regardless of age, colour, gender or sexual orientation. We believe in using Dr. Sketchy to bring together the different subcultures of a city to create a community. Artists and art hobbyists of all stripes can attend, performers of all types can pose, local businesses can contribute as sponsors and venues. This bringing together of scenes and crossing of boundaries is essential to what we do.

In 2010 a successful KickStarter campaign raised funds within hours to secure 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.

Dr Sketchy welcomes artists and art hobbyists of all stripes attend, 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 where performers of all types pose. This bringing together of scenes and crossing of boundaries is essential to what we do.

Dr. Sketchy has been a boon to the art scene since its inception, promoting creativity and community in every city that runs one.

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

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Dr Sketchy Melbourne is run by Melanie Knight, find out more at www.hellomelanieknight.com

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