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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Don't miss the opportunity to study with Felicia Forte in an Alla Prima Portrait experience April 27-29! Here is a description and link to that workshop:
Alla Prima painting, or wet into wet, single session painting is a stimulating method which teaches you to be present in every brush stroke, focusing on only the essentials, ultimately teaching you great dexterity and control.
With demonstration and (gentle - use this word if you think the word "critique" alone will be off putting) critique Felicia will challenge you to correctly observe and record the fundamentals: shapes, values, edges and color. You will paint with the Zorn Palette, a limited primary color palette that allows for easier color harmony by eliminating the need to choose between cool or warm versions of each primary.

“Do studies, not pictures. Know when you are licked - start another. Be alive, stop when your interest is lost. Put off finish - make a lot of starts. It is so hard and so long before a student comes to a realization that these few large simple spots in right relations are the most important things in the study of painting. They are the fundamentals of all painting. Paint the color tones as they come against each other, and make them sing, vibrate.”
—Charles W. Hawthorne , “Hawthorne on Painting”-
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