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




2020 Teaching Schedule


Critical Response Artist Group

January 15, February 13, March 18, 2020

9:30 am to noon, at Studio 106, California Building, 2205 California Street Northeast, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Share works in progress, give and receive feedback supported by Lerman Critical Response Process. Collaborative studio environment facilitated by Donna Bruni. 

Fee: $50.00/per session; $145.00/3 sessions

Email to reserve a spot.


Abstraction From Nature

Summer One Week Workshop

Monday June 1 to Friday June 5, 2020

Grand Marais Art Colony, Grand Marais, Minnesota

For information on accomodations in Grand Marais, Minnesota:

In this week-long painting workshop, participants will create a series of abstract paintings from their own visual notes, inspired by the North Shore landscape and personal narratives. Daily warmup exercises focus on exploring visual language with emphasis on interpreting color, elements, energy and sense of place, within the painted canvas. Donna will demonstrate painting techniques using traditional and water based oil paint, palette knife and brushes. New directions and approaches will be encouraged through looking at works in progress, group discussions and one-to-one review. Open to artists working in all paint media.

List of Materials available.

Class runs 9am to 4pm, Mon, Tue., Wed., Thurs., Fri. at the Founders Studio

Fee: $475.00


One to One | Private Painting Classes 

Art mentor sessions in artist's Northeast Minneapolis studio. Chart your own course and take your art practice to the next level. One to One painting sessions focus on developing personal visual language. Explore light, form, emotion, energy, working on larger canvases. In-depth coaching, demonstration, process-based learning in open studio environment. Topics include: beginning/ending, intuition/intention, energy/emotion/color, context/content/personal narrative. Lerman critical review process supports creative growth at every stage.

Private Studio Painting sessions scheduled to fit your calendar.

3 sessions, 7.5 hrs., Fee: $350.00 (beginning May 1, 2019).


 Community Collaborative Art Classes

Creative curriculum designed for individual growth and team building, brainstorming, sharing personal narratives across boundaries as you learn new approaches to painting. Studio art classes and workshops are 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





"Thank you for the support, push, advice and believing in my ability as an artist."

— Ruth S., Portland, OR


"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., Laguna, CA


"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