Franciscan Life Process Center Announces 2024 Art Workshops

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We received the following press release from the Franciscan Life Process Center.

Lowell, Michigan, Feb. 19, 2024 – The Franciscan Life Process Center has announced its annual lineup of art workshops led by nationally known artists.

More than 40 multiday workshops will give aspiring artists the chance to renew their creative spirit, improve their skills and discover new techniques and tools at the Center’s Lowell campus, 11650 Downes St. NE. Open to all, the workshops will be offered late February through October and cover a wide range of media and subjects.

“From painting and drawing to collage and printmaking, we’re offering an art workshop for nearly every interest with renowned instructors who are eager to help aspiring artists develop their talents,” Art Director Kathleen Bechtel said. “With a focus on providing the best quality and expertise, our workshops provide a wonderful opportunity to find inspiration through hands-on learning and new connections in the art community.”

The cost ranges from $75-$685 per workshop. The Center offers residential options with overnight accommodations, including individual rooms and a guest house, for an additional cost. Attendees can also commute to campus each day.

The full list of events include:

Feb. 29-March 1: Painting Winter Landscapes with Eric Michaels.
March 4, 11, 18: Acrylic 3 Sessions Class with Margo Burian.
March 11-15: Beyond Words an Icon Writing with Diane Hamel.
April 8, 15, 22, 29: Classical Drawing Training with M. Joy Lemon.
April 11-13: Figurative Design, Character and Composition with Jeannie McGuire.
April 18-19: Still Life with Simplicity with Judith Tummino.
April 18-19: The Collage Class with Margo Burian.
April 19: Plate Printmaking: An Introduction with Aimee Einfeld-Gelli.
April 25-27: Studio Landscape Painting – Capturing the Atmosphere with Dave Santillanes.
April 25-27: Explore! Surfaces, Textures and Techniques in Watercolor with Robin Poteet.
May 6-9: Paint … Collage … Paint! with Kathleen Conover.
May 9-10: Painting the Spring Landscape with Pastel with Kathleen Kalinowski.
May 15-17: Figure Drawing Workshop with Zin Lim.
May 16-17: Multimedia Abstract Painting with Margo Burian.
May 21-23: Creating Dynamic Floral Compositions in Oil with Laura Robb.
May 22-23: Alla Prima Oil Painting with Lead White with M. Joy Lemon.
June 5-8: Outdoor Watercolor Journey with David R. Smith.
June 6-7: Creating Energy and Textures in Paint with Barbara Schilling.
June 20-22: Landscape Painting Workshop with Kyle Ma.
June 20-21: Take Flight with Cindy Cutler Awrey.
June 27-28: Constructing Landscapes from Photographs: A Landscape Tradition with Judith Tummino.
June 27-29: Completing a Portrait: A Journey with Mary Qian.
July 10-12: Watercolor Collective Artist Series with Eric Michaels and William Mancuso.
July 17-20: Making the Landscape Paintable with Phil Starke.
July 18-20: Painting Impressions with Watercolor with Keiko Tanabe.
Aug. 15-16: Two of You: Creating a Two-Figure Painting with Judith Tummino.
Aug. 15-17: Intuitive Painting with Watercolor and Gouache with Stan Kurth.
Aug. 21-24: The Art of Capturing Personality and Emotion in Oil Portraiture with David Kassan.
Aug. 28-30: Capturing Light in the Landscape with Eleinne Basa.
Aug. 29-30: Collage Mixed Media: Paint, Cut, Paste with Kendra Postma.
Sept. 12-14: The Expressive Portrait with Chantel Lynn Barber.
Sept. 19-21: Mastering the Watercolor Wash with John Hulsey.
Sept. 19-21: Painting Light in Watercolor with Vladislav Yeliseyev.
Sept. 25-27: Oil Painting and Soft Pastels with Margaret Dyer.
Sept. 26-27: Abstract Landscapes in Acrylic with Beth Charles.
Oct. 9-12: Painting the Head from Life with David Gray.
Oct. 10-11: Explore Values and Expression with Soft Pastel with Kathleen Kalinowski.
Oct. 10-12: A Thousand Words Workshop with Len Davis.
Oct. 17-19: Value and Color: Foundations and Explorations with David Dibble.
Oct. 17-18: Value and Edges in Watercolor Painting with Eric Michaels.
Oct. 24-25: Abstracting the Landscape with Barbara Schilling.

The Franciscan Life Process Center Art Program began in 1991 by offering artist-in-residence opportunities to local and national artists. Today, the Center hosts local, national and international artists who provide two- to four-day workshops for aspiring artists who wish to improve their skills and discover new ones.

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