Art Program 2017-01-10T12:22:59+00:00

Art Program

The Franciscan Life Process Center Artist Retreat Center is located on 230 acres of farmland in Lowell, MI.

  • We provide artists with an opportunity to learn from nationally known  instructors in a workshop setting.
  • We partner with Kendall College of Art and Design to offer classes for young artists.
  • We invite artists, writers, musicians and other artisans to use our overnight accommodations to renew their creative spirits.

Art Program Staff

Kathleen BechtelIn January, 2014, Kathleen Bechtel joined the FLPC staff as Art Director. Kathleen works in oil and pastel and her work is found in two galleries, The Nines in Holland and Treeline Gallery in Sutton’s Bay. She is a member of Grand Valley Artists, Great Lakes Pastel Society and Women Artist of America. Kathleen attended Kendall College of Art and Design and has taken workshops with nationally known instructors whose work she admires.

Workshops and Retreats

Art Workshops

Art Workshops

Learn from experienced artists who practice in a variety of media not only their techniques but what gives soul to their work .

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Retreats for Artists

Retreats for Artists

We invite artists, writers, musicians and other artisans to use our overnight accommodations to renew their creative spirits. You will find several special spots on the land for reflection.

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Franciscan Artists

Franciscan Artists

A group of artists who meet weekly to share insights and techniques.
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AUGUST 3 - 5, 2017! DAVID SHARPE!!
Hi Friends,
Give yourself a gift of a workshop with impressionist landscape artist David Sharpe. His work is emotional and elegant. Here is a description of his workshop:
Day1 will be basics: equipment, colour theory and colour
mixing, composition, values in black and white, values in
colour, the light planes. These last 3 would be taught
through a demo and student one on ones after lunch. The first topics would be
covered inside. A group crtitique with coffee follows after dinner!
Day 2 will be a demo in the morning by me demonstrating
the previous days lessons but we now would add in 'How to see
simply' (break down and design a complex scene). Afternoon would be
student painting while I do one on one instruction. Group critique again in the evening.
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Day 3 Would be a demo by me again in the AM going over all
the points one more time and one on ones in the afternoon. I'd like you all to pick up the book,
"John Carlson's Book To Landscape Painting", if you don't already have it. But get the SOFTCOVER edition.
The cost of this workshop is $395.
His website is www.sharpegallery.com/ . I have attached some images of his work.

The link to get to his workshop: www.eventbrite.com/e/david-sharpe-painting-the-emotional-landscape-tickets-20057301930
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Kathleen Mooney-The Power of Abstraction
May 18-20
*Please note that you need to sign up for this workshop a month before it begins. Often we need to fly these instructors in. If we don't have enough people signed up to cover the basic costs we must cancel the workshops. We want to run all of the workshops. Please help us with this by signing up a month before the workshop begins.

See the Energy of Abstraction transform an inspiration image in 3 variations – lightly abstracted, symbolic essence, and non-representational. Mooney will share valuable insights as she makes her way through 3 real-time demos using water media and her multi-layered approach to award winning art creation.

This workshop is three fun filled days of taking your existing paintings through the Continuum of Abstraction. Along the way you will gain powerful engagement for you - the artist and your audience.

Learn how to grab and hold the eye of the viewer or juror. Explore the enchantment of imperfection and the lure of the unexpected.

Your paintings will gain energy and excitement as you learn how to add the power of abstraction -- to even the most the most realistic rendering! There will be a $15 fee for supplies.
The cost of this workshop is $325.

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Bryce Liston-Painting the Draped Figure - June 1 - 3
*Please note that you need to sign up for this workshop a month before it begins. Often we need to fly these instructors in. If we don't have enough people signed up to cover the basic costs we must cancel the workshops. We want to run all of the workshops. Please help us with this by signing up a month before the workshop begins.

This workshop, focusing on the draped figure, will explore the fundamentals of working from life. Students will learn how to confidently and systematically approach the complexities of the most difficult yet most rewarding of all subjects....the human form. Students will work directly with the live model, first in a series of short alla prima poses focusing on the essential building blocks of art (shape, value, color, edge, and drawing).

The workshop will then move into longer poses focusing on composition/design, concept and color harmony. The knowledge of color harmony is an important step in understanding the relationship between the subject and the surrounding environment. We will also discuss how to successfully use photos to help complete a gallery painting. The course will include demonstrations, group critiques and discussions with as much individual instruction as possible.

Student Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Medium: Oil , Charcoal
The cost of this workshop is $395.00.

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