Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School takes art out of the classroom, adds glamorous performers, talented models and irreverent competitions!


How is Dr. Sketchy’s different from a normal life drawing class?

In normal life classes, often silent students sit in a silent room and draw a bored, oft-uninteresting model but Dr. Sketchy’s is a life drawing class turned cabaret extravaganza!
Artists draw glamorous underground performers, compete in ridiculous contests, and win booze and prizes. Founded in 2005 by artist Molly Crabapple, from its humble Brooklyn beginnings, it has spread to 100 cities on five continents- including London, Rome, Tokyo, Paris, Sao Paulo and Melbourne.
At Dr. Sketchy’s, we don’t care if you picked up a pad yesterday or 50 years ago. Come to drink or to draw. We’re happy to have you.

Dr. Sketchy’s Ireland

Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School has been hosting sessions in Dublin since May 2010 and is Dublin’s longest-running monthly cabaret event.  As well as our regular sessions, Dr. Sketchy in Ireland has created unique sessions and special events for the Bram Stoker Festival, Galway Tattoo Show, Castlepalooza 2013 and 2012, Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist of the Year Festival, Culture Night 2010 – 2013 in Dublin, Culture Night 2014 in Galway and Pride 2012.  Also featured on Sky Atlantic’s travel documentary series “Urban Secrets” presented by Alan Cumming.




Models: Luna TikTok and Scarlett Van Tassel

Hosted by Blue!

STRICTLY over 18s only.

Please bring along sketch pads and DRY media only, pens, pencils, and pastels.Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art class is guaranteed to be the most memorable art class you’ll ever sign up for!

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens at Dr. Sketchy's Anti Art School?

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School is primarily a life drawing class, but with some added extras!
Art Monkeys (that’s you!) come to sketch our stunning models over 3 hours.
Our models are performers in glamorous, over-the-top costumes.
The sessions begin with short warm up poses of 1 and 2 minutes and finish with longer 20 minute poses. During breaks in the sessions, our models will wander through the audience, chatting with you and selecting their favourite sketches to win prizes of shots of alcohol or tasty treats! Our Dean of Discipline will set challenges and you will also be treated to a cabaret performance between the break times – burlesque, drag, bellydance – and we make sure to allocate ample time for you to pop down to the bar and top up your drinks.

How is Dr. Sketchy's Anti Art School different to other Life Drawing Classes?

Many traditional life drawing classes feature nude models and are focused on refining technique and treating the human body as an object. A lot of the time (not always!) life drawing classes are held in quiet studios. Sometimes, artists can even forget that the life drawing model is more than a collection of muscles and bone.
At a Dr. Sketchy’s session, we’ll never let you forget that our models are much more than a bowl of fruit! Our models and performers are celebrated, applauded, wolf-whistled and cheered, in the best possible taste!
Our focus is on enjoying the process of sketching, socialising and having a drink or two if you like. Think of it as a jamming session for art. It’s possible to leave with a masterpiece, but it’s not the objective! Once you enjoy the process, that’s all that matters.
Our sessions are not tutored. You won’t get feedback on your artwork, unless you’re awarded a prize during one of our silly challenges!

What should I bring to a Session?

We don’t provide art materials at all, so please don’t forget to bring some with you. We suggest that you don’t bring a sketch pad larger than you could comfortably fit on your lap. Seating is usually either on couches or cabaret style at small tables. There is no room for easels.
Please don’t bring wet media.
If you’ve never, ever been to a life drawing session and you don’t want to splash out on swanky art materials just yet, grab a clipboard and some printer paper – raid the office supplies in work! No judgement here!

I don't draw, can I come to your event?

You don’t have to be a master painter, or even to have picked up a pencil ever before, but you should be willing to try! Once you’re willing to give it a go, you should enjoy our sessions. Who knows, you may progress from stick figures quite quickly!

Can I take photos?

We have a wonderful resident photographer who captures the sessions for us. Otherwise, we don’t allow any form of photography while the session is in progress, however we encourage you to snap your sketches during the breaks and share them online with us!

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