First published on 9 Feb 2008. Updated on 12 Jul 2009.
With its roots firmly planted in New York, Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School has finally landed in Sydney and is completely different to your normal life drawing class. “Instead of naked models, and a quiet class, we have outrageous burlesque stars, vaudevillians, hula hoop artists, magicians who model in crazy costumes using props such as feather fans and vintage phones,” says Jac Bowie, the director of the International Burlesque, Vaudeville and Vintage Agency. “The model then performs halfway through the night”.
Lauren Larouge, aspiring burlesque and cabaret star, is one of the Dr Sketchy’s models and says these life drawing classes gives sketch artists the chance to meet and draw a ‘personality’. “We’re all dressed up in our feathers or corsets so it just brings something interesting and different to the experience”.
Although this is an environment where anything goes, Larouge says she is perhaps a little more prudish than some of the other models. “I don’t actually take as much off as a lot of the other girls do,” she says. “I sing and do other things and I like to focus on that.”
Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School happens fortnightly at the ArtHouse Hotel on Pitt St, City. The next on Tue 12 Feb with Lauren Larouge modelling, singing and playing the electric ukulele.