Painting Classes + Reviews


My studio painting practice centers on sensory perception of natural environments, urban landscapes, healing places and personal narratives 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 creative process. I am grateful to my students, who generously share their vision and stories, creating connections across boundaries, through the image-making process. 






2018 Teaching Schedule


Abstraction From Nature

Summer Weekend Workshop 2018

July 28, 29

Grand Marais Art Colony, Grand Marais, Minnesota



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Inspired by the North Shore landscape, students will practice expressionist painting using their personal visual notes and imagery. Donna will provide guidance on how to expand visual language, and explore new directions and techniques in painting with acrylic, water base oil, or traditional oil paint. Emphasis will be on interpreting color, energy, texture, emotion, and sense of place within the painted canvas. Donna will support individual artistic growth by providing feedback on works in progress. Open to artists working in all paint media. 


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, demonstration, 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. Offered year round in artist's Northeast Minneapolis studio. For out of area students, monthly Skype sessions available. $245.00/ 3 sessions (by appt., 2.5 hrs. per session)


Open Studio Painting; Inside the Creative Process

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 Studio Sessions with Donna Bruni 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.


Cultivating Creativity in our communities

Ready, Set, Paint — fast, fun, intro to painting for artists of all levels from all walks of life. 

Creative curriculum designed for individual growth and team building, brainstorming, sharing personal narratives across boundaries as you explore the painting process. Art events, workshops, creativity retreats, designed to address specific themes, goals, mission for public healthcare, education, business and community organizations. 

Past client organizations include: Veteran's in the Arts, Women With Heart, Knoll Inc., Walker Art Center Art Lab (Children's Summer Art Camp), LyngBlomsten Transitional Care, Hennepin Health Foundation, VSA Arts, Minnesota Public Schools. Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Grand Marais Art Colony



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