Hey, this looks sketchy–Dr. Sketchy decamps at Morristown art class

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The Open Drawing Studio in Morristown is a pretty colorful place. At least it was last Friday, when we ambled into the annex at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church to find a menagerie of burlesque performers posing for a roomful of artists.

Models from the Dr. Sketchy Anti-Art School post for artists at the Open Drawing Studio Project in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Models from the Dr. Sketchy Anti-Art School post for artists at the Open Drawing Studio Project in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

The posers–poseurs?–hailed from the North Jersey chapter of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School.

An artist named Molly Crabapple co-founded the organization six years ago “in a dive bar in Brooklyn” so artists can “draw glamorous  underground performers in an atmosphere of boozy conviviality,” according to the website, which claims 100 Dr. Sketchy chapters worldwide.

We did not meet Ms. Molly. But we did make the acquaintance of Little Miss Roller Hoops, a 20-something circus clown originally from Caldwell.

We asked her what’s the trick to swallowing fire, but she wouldn’t cough it up.

“No tricks,” she said. “It’s technique.”

Helpful hint: Avoid breath sprays or flammable fillings.

Little Miss Roller Hoops did not demonstrate her flaming talent. But a young gentleman in white face celebrated the end of his pose by  prancing through a stripped-down version of a burlesque act. Bohemian Rhapsody, anyone?  Summon the vicar!

The month-long Open Drawing Studio Project runs until Aug. 28, Wednesday-through-Sunday. Drawing sessions last for three hours with a suggested donation of $10. Session times are here.

READ MORE ABOUT THE OPEN DRAWING STUDIO PROJECT

Artists sketch Dr. Sketchy models at the Open Drawing Studio in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Artists sketch Dr. Sketchy models at the Open Drawing Studio in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
AND IN THE OTHER ROOM...more traditional portraits were created. Chris Merzatta, instructor at the Open Drawing Studio, is manning the easel in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
AND IN THE OTHER ROOM...more traditional portraits were created. Chris Merzatta, instructor at the Open Drawing Studio, is manning the easel in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
SKETCHY STILL-LIFE: Models from Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School pose for drawing class at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
SKETCHY STILL-LIFE: Models from Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School pose for drawing class at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Little Miss Roller Hoops with a portrait by Danielle Merzatta, instructor at the Open Drawing Studio Project in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Little Miss Roller Hoops with a portrait by Danielle Merzatta, instructor at the Open Drawing Studio Project in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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  1. I got this from Dr. Sketchy’s website:

    •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 http://www.mollycrabapple.com

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