Ben Dierckx

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Born in 1971 in Antwerp, Ben Dierckx is a Belgian artist. After attending the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in his hometown, he studied Cultural Science and Philosophy of Art at the Free University of Brussels, and graduated at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts (HISK) then in Antwerp in 2002. He subsequently migrated to Madrid, Spain, where he developed his practice in electronic arts. Here he produced a series of interactive installations in which he explored the idea of interdependency and consciousness of perception. In 2006 he won the Caja Madrid “Generación” prize. In 2007 Dierckx moved to New York City, where he has been resident at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in Brooklyn in 2009 and Flux Factory in Queens in 2010. Ben Dierckx has exhibited in Belgium, Spain, Hungary, Mexico and the USA. He has curated shows in Mexico City, NYC and Taipei.

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3D Modeling Using ZBrush
Ben Dierckx

Saturdays 1pm - 4 pm


In this workshop, you will learn the 3D sculpting techniques in ZBrush, a software program designed by and specifically for artists. ZBrush specializes in free form, the organic process of sculpting, as opposed to a more industrial approach. A wide array of sculpting tools and processes are available for intuitive modeling. We will experience
the fundamentals of modeling with specific tools and learn about the possibilities in digital space. These new ways of creating forms will provide you a sense of freedom and playfulness using ZBrush and will allow you to improvise once you have mastered the techniques.
You will learn: The ZBrush interface, Brushes and strokes, Masking, Subdivision and dynamesh, Materials and colors, Preparation for 3D printing. Basic computer skills required.

Small Figure Sculpture (WEDNESDAY)

Ben Dierckx

Wednesdays 4pm - 7pm


This class will guide students through the process of making a small figurative sculpture. We will be using a comfortable and natural plastilina and include demonstrations as well as reviews. This course takes on the formidable task of learning to organize the complexity of the human body as a construction and create figurative art that makes a dramatic and bold statement. Design and anatomy secrets of the old masters will be shared with artists committed to mastering the human figure. This is an intense exploration of the human form with an academic attention to composition, structure, and surface. Students will be encouraged to develop a personal project, in which their individual needs will be considered. We aim to provide a basic understanding of the necessary techniques of figure sculpture and have organized this course for beginners, and artists with previous experience.


Small Figure Sculpture (FRIDAY)
Ben Dierckx

Fridays 9:30am - 12:30pm


This class will guide students through the process of making a small figurative sculpture. We will be using a comfortable and natural plastilina and include demonstrations as well as reviews. This course takes on the formidable task of learning to organize the complexity of the human body as a construction and create figurative art that makes a dramatic and bold statement. Design and anatomy secrets of the old masters will be shared with artists committed to mastering the human figure. This is an intense exploration of the human form with an academic attention to composition, structure, and surface. Students will be encouraged to develop a personal project, in which their individual needs will be considered. We aim to provide a basic understanding of the necessary techniques of figure sculpture and have organized this course for beginners, and artists with previous experience.

New York School of the Arts