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Studio Classes + Workshops



Painting Classes + Workshops


Small group and private classes are led by Minneapolis based visual artist, Donna Bruni, whose painting practice is centered on sensory perception of natural environments, urban landscapes and healing places we are drawn to in our lives. As a teaching artist she has been an artist in residence in Minnesota public schools, a guest artist at Walker Art Center, an art mentor with WARM (Women Art Resources of MN) and studio painting instructor in regional art centers. She has worked with artists of all levels from all walks of life for eighteen years, using the image making process to share multiple perspectives and create connections across boundaries. 






Open Studio Painting; Inside the Creative Process


Learn intuitive/intentional methods as you experiment with style and technique in painting. 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, lunch break, informal group review of works in progress. 

There are no regularly scheduled classes from May to September 2017.

Private and small group classes can be scheduled at Studio 600 May to September via email to or call 612.281.2863 for more info. 

Small Group Classes: $45.00/per class; 4 sessions: $150.00; classes are 3 hrs.

Private Classes: $245.00/3 classes, by appointment, individual sessions are 2.5 hrs.



Two Day Painting Workshop at Grand Marais Art Colony in Northern Minnesota 

Painting Landscape From Memory

July 29-30, 2017

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Be inspired by the beauty of Lake Superior and 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 the Fouders Hall studio 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.

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. 

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



Art 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