Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School has over 100 branches around the world

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, a festive figure-drawing jam session, now has over 100 branches around the world. Artist Molly Crabapple founded it in 2005 in a "dive bar in Brooklyn."

From illegal flashmobs to the Museum of Modern Art, Dr. Sketchy's has brought artists a rule-breaking cocktail of dames, drinking and drawing. Whether you're an artstar or a scribbling newbie, Dr. Sketchy's is the perfect place to get your fill of life-drawing."
Bob Self, founder of Dr. Sketchy's Los Angeles, says:
I am pleased to announce that there is now a hub for all Dr. Sketchy's branches worldwide. 100+ branches. 1 web site. Woo! Dr. Sketchy's presents amazing figure-drawing spectacles in 16 countries on five continents... all unified through the Anti-Art School's brand-spanking-new global web site. Find the branch nearest you, or  learn how to start your own local branch. Don't make excuses... make art!

The only two continents without a Dr. Sketchy branch are Africa and Antarctica. If you live there, you are invited to start a branch!

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School

(Dr. Sketchy's - Bettie Page Tribute Session from William Zoe FitzGerald.)


  1. That is a thing of beauty and delight.

    I really need to check out the Asheville branch. It’s practically in my backyard.

  2. Thank you so so much for the writeup and the continual support! You guys rock!

    One quick correction- Dr. Sketchy’s was founded in 2005, not 1995. While I was pretty precocious, I wasn’t entrepreneurial enough to start a Dr. Sketchy’s at 12

  3. In my experience, whenever someone describes themselves as “rule-breaking” they tend to be far from it.

    1. Compared to a traditional figure drawing session, a Dr. Sketchy’s session is rule-breaking. There are performances, lots of eating and a little drinking, and plenty of banter between the models and the artists.

      1. Oh, I’m just feeling grumpy today. Probably shouldn’t be commenting on any boards right now…

  4. Hmm, sounds interesting. More diversity in types of art experience and art instruction is inarguably good.

    Personally, I am glad for the non-rule-breaking art training I received. I don’t think I would have learned a thing if there’d been performances, eating, drinking, banter. And Sketchy’s seem to favor fashionable gals (of all body types thankfully) but some of the most interesting models I remember were the naked, wrinkly old men. I guess I am just an old-school art ascetic at heart.

    1. I’m going to have to disagree. My art skills improved exponentially through going to Dr. Sketchy for two years, while I consider my four years of art school to have been a complete waste of time and money. You don’t get that kind of enthusiasm, variety, joy, and freedom in a traditional classroom. Group boozing and mouth wateringly hot, creative models help way more than you’d think.

  5. Are there hot guys modeling, too? Or is it just for people who like to look at women?

    I’ve got no problem with hot women, but a little equal time for those of us who like men would be nice, if we’re going to have sexy figure-drawing class.

    1. “Are there hot guys modeling, too?”

      Yes, there are male models at Dr. Sketchy’s but not as frequently as female models. Molly might have actual numbers of male models vs. female models.

  6. I love the idea, but I prefer to work in a Sargent-esque style. Easel next to the model, while standing several feet away to observe, then running up to the easel to apply any strokes.
    After spilling a few drinks in the laps of other artists, I’d probably get tossed out on my can.

  7. Hi Caroline,

    We do indeed hire hot guys of all stripes, skills and orientations, but not nearly as frequently as the ladies. My personal preference is guys as well, but its my sad experience that they attract a much, much smaller crowd than female models, and, as we’re funded by ticket sales, that means I can’t book them as much. What I generally do with guys is pair them with girls- we just did a stellar Master and Margarita session in New York with one female model and two male models (one 6 feet tall, and one 3.5 feet tall)

    On exception to the “less male models” rule is our Dr. Sketchy’s Boston, which is deeply rooted in the city’s queer community and which has a bunch of amazing male and genderqueer performers posing. Boston rocks it!

  8. I’m a female. Sounds like it’s not a place for me. I’ll stick with regular art school I guess.

  9. If you are in the Kansas City area, Dr. Sketchy’s will be doing a joint event with my band at Czar Bar, 1531 Grand on September 3rd.

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