Saint Paul Community Education Classes at Artista Bottega!


Floor Cloth Class Photos!

Nance and Chloe are the VERY best! Their expertise and knowledge and depth of experience is obvious, but it is their warmth and encouragement and generosity as they share those strengths that made this class amazing. I will miss my Wednesday afternoons with them, and would take another class of theirs in a heartbeat.
— Student Evaluation
The instructor was open and Very helpful with any questions you had. She assisted everyone and her assistant was equally helpful. I really liked this class...it was interesting and fun. Trying something new can be intimidating.... because of Nance and her assistant I felt very comfortable experimenting with a new art form.
— Student Evaluation

Gilding Class


About the Instructor:

Nance Derby, Owner and Operator of Artista Bottega Gallery, is sharing her knowledge and expertise teaching in her studio. She started her career teaching in Saint Paul Public Schools for 8 years before starting her own business. Through Acme Scenic Arts, Nance has designed, art directed and created sets props and drops. For 31 years Nance was a lead scenic artist working locally and nationally. Her experience includes t.v., film and video productions doing commercials and music videos, feature films and theater. Nance was charge artist for special events at the downtown Minneapolis Daytons/Macys during 17 of those years until their closing. She has a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from the University of Minnesota, as well as specialized education in faux finishes, theatrical painting, sculpting, and mural painting.