Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School has arrived at The Sinclair
Sammy Sutra during December’s Dr. Sketchy

An exciting new monthly event called Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School has arrived at The Sinclair. Dr. Sketchy’s was founded in 2005 by model/artist Molly Crabapple. In an effort to make the art world to feel less stuffy, she came up with the idea of a burlesque drawing event. Over the last five years, Dr. Sketchy’s has gone international with 100 branches all over the globe. Now The Sinclair, an establishment run by self-described artistic sorts, has joined the fun.

According to manager Christopher Farrell, they loved the idea of Dr. Sketchy’s as a way to take art off its high horse, make it accessible to everyone, and greatly help the push for a thriving arts culture in Jacksonville.

Dr. Sketchy’s atmosphere is bawdy, friendly, and just plain fun. Imagine an artsy Cheers with more engaging and exotic characters, and a burlesque beauty at the center of it all. Your hosts for the evening are Edward Mourningwood (Christopher Farrell), Anita Nightcap (April Schlegel), Belladonna Nightshade (Joy Smith), and Professor X (David Paul). Their model is the amazing Sammy Sutra, who had already been a fan of Dr. Sketchy’s for quite some time before it even arrived in Jacksonville.

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School has arrived at The Sinclair
Sammy Sutra during December’s Dr. Sketchy

The night revolves around costume changes, fun drawing contests that even amateurs have a shot at winning, and musical entertainment. Throughout the night, participants, or art monkeys, are plied with free sake shots. Why? As Edward Mourningwood explains “Booze is a fantastic social and artistic lubricant.”

Mostly, The Sinclair understands that free shots are fun, loosen people up, and take all the anxiety out of drawing. Prizes range from the real treasures, such as next week’s Baby Tattoo books of stories and artwork, to the entirely silly. Farrell explains that The Sinclair’s goal is that “everyone leaves with something fun to remember the night.”

Though Dr. Sketchy’s sounds like a celebration of debauchery, it is not a strip club or even an R rated movie. Sammy Sutra wears more than you see girls wearing on Jacksonville Beach. As Joy Smith explains, women can be even sexier fully clothed than naked. Sammy Sutra really plays on her enthusiasm for the event, her connection with participants, and her own natural sensuality. So, art enthusiasts, both wild and meek, will find themselves completely at comfort.

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is a monthly event at The Sinclair. Its next event, entitled “Don’t Sketch With Texas,” is January 13th from 7:30 to 10:30pm. It is $6 at the door, if you bring paper and a pencil, or $8 if you just came to drool. To find out more, check out their event on Facebook.

The Sinclair would like to heartily thank its sponsors Bold City Brewery, Baby Tattoo Books, and Zupi Magazine.