If you want a different perspective from your typical figure drawing class or sketching group, you may want to visit Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School San Diego. It’s three hours of traditional clothed figure drawing mixed under an unconditional program with contests, prizes, music and drinks, all for $10 (drinks not included).
Sessions are on the third Saturday of each month from 3:00-6:00PM and located at The Merrow (formerly the Ruby Room). The Merrow’s performance area offers a comfortable assortment of high-top tables and lower portable tables depending on your preference. The small stage is well lighted and is elevated decently for those sketching from afar. Although every chair offered can be occupied (reservations are encouraged), the environment is always generous, yet intimate—like your ol’ neighborhood cabaret.
Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School started in Brooklyn, NY, in 2005 by artist Molly Crabapple, who wanted to challenge the boundaries of your standard drawing class. Now there are over 100 cities around the world that host the gathering including, London, Rome, Melbourne, Tokyo, Hollywood and of course, San Diego. San Diego’s chapter was started during the week of Comic Con in 2007. Today the models range from burlesque dancers, belly dancers, fetish models to circus performers, drag queens and muscle men.
The event is directed and hosted by the charismatic Nikki. It’s a laid back, fun place to just draw without instruction or restrictions and welcomes all skill levels.
By Ned Norman
The Merrow: <http://www.themerrow.com/>
1271 University Avenue
San Diego CA 92103
Third Saturday of every month from 3:00-6:00PM
Cost: $10.00; 21 and up