Saint Paul Community Education Classes at Artista Bottega


Upcoming Classes


Floor Cloth Classes

The art of hand-painted muslin rugs, or floorcloths, has been around for centuries and are durable enough to take the place of conventional rugs.

Create your own floorcloth (up to 3’x5’) with the shape, color and design of your choice to compliment any décor.

We’ll cover layout, stencils, trompe l’oeil, taping, layering, glazes and more.

Mondays, June 10th - July 1st 2019

6:30pm - 8:30pm

And / Or

Tuesdays, July 9th - July 30th 2019

1:00pm - 3:00pm

$80 Registration Fee

$20 Materials Fee Due To The Instructor At The First Class

Classes Will Be Taught

At Artista Bottega

New Entrance

Is On The Back Of The Building

Via The Alley Off Of Daly Street

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Garden Art Classes

Using a variety of recycled and found objects, create wind chimes, small bird houses and ornamental sculptures to enhance your garden.

Bring in and/or choose from a variety of objects and materials.

We have the tools and guidance to help you build and assemble the objects you desire!

Tuesdays, June 11th - July 2nd 2019

1:00pm - 3:00pm

And / Or

Mondays, July 8th - July 29th 2019

6:30pm - 8:30pm

$80 Registration Fee

$10 Materials Fee Due To The Instructor At The First Class

Classes Will Be Taught

At Artista Bottega

New Entrance

Is On The Back Of The Building

Via The Alley Off Of Daly Street

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Hand Painted Banners and Signs Classes

Explore the traditional art of layout and lettering using several methods and a variety of materials.

In a studio setting, create and hand paint a small wooden sign and a fabric banner for use as home or garden décor.

Wednesdays, June 12th - July 3rd 2019

1:00pm - 3:00pm

And / Or

Wednesdays, July 10th - July 31st 2019

6:30pm - 8:30pm

$80 Registration Fee

$10 Materials Fee Due To The Instructor At The First Class

Classes Will Be Taught

At Artista Bottega

New Entrance

Is On The Back Of The Building

Via The Alley Off Of Daly Street

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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.


Past 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
Instructor Nance is the best.
Extremely knowledgeable about her craft, very flexible on studio time and overall a wonderful person.
— Student Evaluation
Really appreciated the relaxed atmosphere, instructor extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
— Student Evaluation
Nance was very generous with her time. I will take another class from her.
— Student Evaluation