Studio Classes + Reviews




My studio painting practice centers on sensory perception of natural environments, urban landscapes and healing places we are drawn to in our lives. I've worked with artists of all ages from all walks of life for over twenty years, providing guidance and support through all stages of the painting process. I am grateful to my students, who generously share their vision and stories, creating connections across boundaries, through the image-making process. 





Landscape From Memory

July 28, 29, 2018 at Grand Marais Art Colony, Minnesota


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Be inspired by the beauty of Lake Superior at the historic Grand Marais Art Colony. We'll start outdoors observing color, light, form, pattern and line within the surrounding landscape, making visual notes, then move indoors to Founders Hall to paint on canvas. Expand your visual language and explore new directions in painting through sensory perception with emphasis on interpreting color, energy, texture, emotion and sense of place within the painted canvas. Instructor feedback supports individual artistic growth. Email for list of supplies and registration details.More info at:



Open Studio Painting; Inside the Creative Process, 2018 dates coming soon

Learn intuitive/intentional approaches to painting — experiment with style, technique, process. Collaborative studio environment supports individual creative growth. Fast, fun warmup exercises provide visual notes for developing a series of paintings on canvas. Individual instruction, open studio time, review of works in progress. 

Private and small group classes can be scheduled via email to or call 612.281.2863 for more info. 


Private Classes: $275.00/3 sessions, by appointment, individual sessions are 2.5 hrs.

Groups of three or more, contact the studio to schedule studio time. 



One to One | Private Painting Classes | Art Mentor Sessions

Chart your own course and take your art practice to the next level. One to One painting sessions focus on developing personal visual language. Emphasis on unity of opposites or "complements" as they are known in color theory. Explore light, form, emotion and energy, working on larger canvases. In-depth coaching, process-based learning in open studio environment. Topics include: beginning/ending, color/emotion, context/content, concept/composition. Lerman critical review process supports creative growth at every stage. 

$245.00/ 3 sessions (by appt., 2.5 hrs. per session)



Artist/Student Reviews:


"I want to let you know what a spectacular time I had at the retreat...feels as though I've found an opening. Thank you for creating the space for that to happen." — Amanda H., Maple Grove, MN


"I so enjoyed your help with my shift to oils and that process, as well as all the other parts of the workshop, including the thought processes you outlined in the beginning and your encouragement along the way. "

– Lonnie K., Brainerd, MN 


"Donna is very intuitive and generous with her time and encouragement. She helped me figure out a way to explore and expand a series of work that was kind of stalled and the results were very satisfying." 

 — Francene C., Minnetonka, MN


"There have been a few amazingly nurturing and breakthrough moments in my life as an artist. I would consider the year plus I spent at Studio 600 with Donna one of them. My abilities as an artist were stretched and honed." — Savita B., St. Paul, MN


"You have created a welcoming, supportive and enriching environment. Whatever group of painters is present a sense of community seems to develop. Thank you Donna for sharing your lovely creative space and your self so generously." — Vicky S., Bloomington, MN 


"Donna’s critiques are thoughtful, informative and encouraging. I feel her knowledge of painting and process is extensive, which she freely shares." 

 — Ron D., St. Paul, MN


"Donna's daily warm up lessons focus on expressing inner thoughts, experiences, and emotions with paint while encouraging each student to develop their own individual painting style." 

— Jane J., Hopkins, MN


"Working in Donna’s studio with her and the group has been a great experience for me and has enriched my whole approach to my art."

 — Larry R., Minneapolis, MN