As it has now become tradition, I often dedicate a few lines to a community project, collective, gallery, non-profit or group that is making a difference or leaving a mark in the artistic community of New York City (and the world!).
Therefore, it makes absolute sense to dedicate this one to Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School.
Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is both a burlesque cabaret and life drawing event originating in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at the Lucky Cat.
It was founded by artist Molly Crabapple, who, in the meantime, became a fetish model in order to sponsor this venture. Call that an entrepreneur’s drive!!!
A Dr. Sketchy’s class consists of a burlesque dancer (or other performer, possibly a drag queen, trapeze artist, or roller derby girl) modeling, with drawing contests during breaks. Sketchers are known as “art monkeys”, a term borrowed from the Madagascar Institute. Dr. Sketchy’s features heavy drinking games, comedic skits and onstage go-go dancing.
I attended the latest Dr.Sketchy’s at the Roger Smith Hotel, and was marveled by the quantity of artists and fanatics who showed up, all in their oh-so-artistic-and-unique-garments, with friendly smiles and over-sized drawing pads, their livers and their pencils, ready to take from this event whatever they could.
Its alcoholic content was created by John Leavitt, a cartoonist for The New Yorker referred to as a “wino” by The Village Voice. John Leavitt is (as of 2007), the creative director of the New York branch.
Time Out NY magazine featured Dr. Sketchy’s in “The Scene” section in issue 555, May 18-24th, 2006. Other articles on Dr. Sketchy’s have appeared in the LA Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, Time Out London, Time Out NY, the Village Voice and the Onion.
In spring 2006, Dr. Sketchy’s expanded into an international franchise. As of September 2007, Dr. Sketchy’s branches exist in 100 cities around the world. Branches vary in their conservatism, nudity levels and the skill of their artists.
The Official Dr. Sketchy’s Rainy Day Colouring Book, by Molly Crabapple and John Leavitt, was released by Sepulculture Books in December 2006, and is in its second printing. Other projects include a 2008 pin-up calendar, a series of Youtube comedy shorts, a national tour, an art show, and a 21-show run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
(All additional information included in this article has been provided and authorized by Molly Crabapple).
And this below, from the site of Dr.Sketchy…
• WHAT IS DR. SKETCHY’S ANTI-ART SCHOOL?
Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art school is the world’s premier alt.drawing movement. Artists draw glamorous underground performers in an atmosphere of boozy conviviality. Found in 2005 in a dive bar in Brooklyn, Dr. Sketchy’s has now spread to over 100 cities around the world.
• WHO STARTED DR. SKETCHY’S?
Dr. Sketchy’s was founded in 2005 by artists Molly Crabapple and A.V. Phibes. It’s been run solely by Molly Crabapple (and her cadre of awesome helpers) since early ’06. You can see more of Molly’s art at www.mollycrabapple.com
• WHERE DID YOU COME UP WITH THE DR. SKETCHY’S ANTI-ART SCHOOL NAME? WHAT ARE ART MONKEYS?
Dr. Sketchy’s is a corrupt Viennese doctor of our invention. Anti-Art School we chose because we were bad art students. “Art Monkey” was nicked from a late night we spent building steel weasels with New York’s legendary Madagascar institute.
• WHO GOES TO DR. SKETCHY’S?
Lots of people. Fancy pants gallery artists, art students, dog walkers, jewelry designers, tattoo artists, illustrators and cubicle slaves. We have about 40% non-professional artists. Slightly more girls attend than boys.
Learn more at: http://www.drsketchy.com