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Dr Sketchy's anti-art school North Wales & Chester pagan rituals; 25th October 2012.

What better way to celebrate a birthday than with a spot of burlesque, booze & cake! This year's birthday celebration for Dr Sketchy's North Wales & Chester was certainly a lavish affair, with a sold out class, a camera crew on tow for welsh channel S4C, and of course all the usual trimmings!

Certainly one of the busiest and most unusual classes we've undertaken yet, it's not very often that you get to see someone armed with a camera running around a cabaret set of tables sketching away. Dr Sketchy's North Wales & Chester's 3rd birthday class kicked off in style with the classes first ever performer Anna Fur Laxis at the helm to help the celebrations on their way. Not only was it a birthday class it also fell upon the run up to Halloween, so naturally celebrations took a very pagan turn.

Seeing in the pagan new year with belly dancer Serpentina starting the evening off, even teaching an entire class a few moves along the way.

Dr sketchys North wales and Chester

For newcomers a Dr Sketchy's class is a life drawing class unlike any other, instead of awkwardly shying away at drawing a nude figure, you run through inventive methods of sketching with a performer, this classes drawing methods were certainly enough to keep you on your toes.. or should that be fingers.. drawing quick paced minute sketches, to drawing a moving figure, which certainly keep those brain cogs whirring as you sketch away!

Class continued with a debut new performance by Anna Fur Laxis before another run of sketching took off, taking the pagan theme on hold for the evening poses. Certainly made all the more amusing with a camera crew on stage alongside. It's not everyday that you get to see the making of a tv show slot in part of an anti art school class!

A memorable birthday celebration as ever, we can't help but wonder what class ring leader Madame Ex has under her hat for next year's birthday class!

Why not join us as we see off 2012 with a rather wintery class this December 6th at The Laugh inn, Chester. To grab your tickets and find out more visit

Photos: Karolina Skorek of Creative Factory & Guto Bongos of Gwasg Helygain