Franciscan Life Process Center Offering Art Workshops This Summer

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

Lowell, Michigan, May 15, 2023 – The Franciscan Life Process Center is offering a series of art workshops that will provide an opportunity to learn from nationally known artists.

The two- to three-day workshops will give aspiring artists the chance to renew their creative spirit, improve their skills and discover new tools. These workshops, which run from March through October on the Center’s Lowell campus, offer a variety of skills such as book illustration, watercolors, texture, 3D processes and more.

The cost of these workshops ranges from $250-$685. 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.

“We take pride in the quality and expertise we offer to the community through our art workshops,” said Art Director Kathleen Bechtel. “There is no better experience than learning the arts hands on with renowned instructors. We strive to make all feel welcome to develop their talents here, find inspiration and make connections with other artists.”

Some of the events include:

  • June 8, 9, 10: Plein air painting with Joe Paquet.
  • July 20, 21, 22: Clothed figure painting workshop with Zhaoming Wu.
  • Aug. 10, 11, 12: Capturing childhood in pastel with Corey Pitkin.
  • Sept. 28, 29, 30: Building form and presence with Scott Conary.
  • Oct. 5, 6: The art of self-portraiture with Judith Tummino.

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.

The Center hosts nearly 40 workshops a year, which are open to all.

For a full list of events, visit

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