Studio Classes + Workshops



Painting Classes & Workshops


Painting classes at Studio 600 are for artists of all levels, working in all paint media. No experience required, however, beginners are encouraged to schedule one to one painting sessions to get into the process. Artists supply their own paint materials. Small group and private classes are led by Visual artist, Donna Bruni. For more info, email






Open Studio Painting; Inside the Creative Process


New approaches to understanding color, content, context and composition as you work on a series of paintings on canvas. Collaborative studio environment supports individual creative growth. Fast, fun warmup exercises provide visual notes for works on canvas. Individual instruction, open studio time, lunch break, informal group review of works in progress. 

Weekdays — There are no scheduled classes from May to September 2017.

Saturdays —  Groups of three or more, contact the studio to schedule, 10:00am to 1:00pm

Fee: $40.00/per session; 4 sessions: $120.00

Please email Donna Bruni at to reserve your easel




Two Day Painting Workshop

at Grand Marais Art Colony 

Landscape From Memory

July 29-30, 2017

Register at

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Join me in Northern Minnesota on Lake Superior for a summer weekend of painting. We'll start outdoors observing color, light, form and line within the surrounding landscape, then move into the studio to work from memory. 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.

Artists of all levels working in all painting styles welcome to attend. 




One to One

Private Painting Classes


Take your art practice to the next level with One to One painting at Studio 600. Warmup painting exercises focus on developing personal visual language. Explore color, light, form and energy as you work on larger canvases. In-depth coaching, process-based learning in open studio environment. Topics include: intention/intuition, color/emotion, context/content. Lerman critical review process supports creative growth at every stage. 

Fee: $45/hr., $95.00/2.5 hr. session; $245.00/3 sessions




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 F., Maple Grove, 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


"Donna creates a supportive atmosphere, provides get-into-the process warm-up exercises, and shares insightful feedback." — Sheila B., St. Paul, 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




Expressive Arts Programs, Private Studio Events

Activate imagination, promote innovation, cultivate group creativity with spontaneous, fun, painting exercises in collaborative studio environment. Beginners introduced to basics and coached through the painting process. Artist led expressive arts activities/events designed to meet the needs of your group — for healthcare, education, business, community organizations, non-profit fundraising, friends and family celebrations. Contact Studio 600 to learn more about planning painting events. 


Past clients include:

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, MN

VSA Arts, St. Paul, MN; Artist in Residence Program

Veteran's in the Arts, St. Paul, MN; Expressive Arts Curriculum

Lyn G Blomsten, Transitional Care, St. Paul, MN; Expressive Arts Curriculum

Knoll Inc., International Market Square, Minneapolis, MN

All American Title Company, Minneapolis, MN

Inspire Arts Program, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN

Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners, Wayzata, MN