Introducing Workshops and Daily or Weekly Art Classes at Brodie Studio

Private Lessons also Available


Brodie Studio is the Art Studio of Gena Brodie Robbins. Robbins has an MFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA, and a BFA in Art Education from Valdosta State University in Savannah Georgia. Robbins has studied at the Art Students League in NYC under world renown portrait and figure painter, Daniel Greene, and at the Scottsdale Artist School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Robbins is a former SCAD foundations professor where she taught design and drawing courses. She is also a certified public school art teacher with over twenty years of teaching experience. Robbins was awarded the New York Art Studio Space through SCAD held at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in NYC., and the Richard Dean Andruk Award, given by the Florida Artists Group, juried by world renown abstract painter, Sam Gilliam. Robbins co-founded and directed Hollingsworth Gallery in Palm Coast, Florida and has curated international and national shows that exhibited world renown artists such as Ilker Yardimski, Patrick McGrath Muniz, Matthew Litteken, and Greg Fugua.

Robbins has exhibited extensively in her career where she has had multiple solo shows and group shows including exhibitions at the Leepa Rattner Museum in Tampa Florida, The Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage, Callanwolde Arts Center, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Terminus in Atlanta, Georgia, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art Juried exhibitions in Augusta, Ga., Valdosta State University National Juried Exhibitions, Savannah College of Art and Design Galleries, Lacoste, France, Hong Kong and Savannah, and the Savannah International Airport. Robbins is in many permanent collections, including, Abraham Baldwin College, Michele Roux, (Top American Art Collectors, US News and World Report) Crillon Imports, Former CEO Absolute Vodka, Banko Design Firm, Atlanta GA, DeWoskin Law Firm, Decatur, GA, West Elm, Atlanta, GA, Northside Hospital, Forsyth and Midtown, GA, and most recently, Hotel La Coquillade, Gargas, France.


Robbins’ work is mainly abstract, and can be quite large scale. She is known for her mixed media expressive abstract figurative works, but has much experience painting in acrylic, alkyds, oil, gouache and watercolor, as well as all types of drawing mediums in both the abstract and realistic manner. Robbins has taught workshops for art educators at the state level, taught design and drawing courses at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga. and various figurative, portrait, color theory and abstract painting workshops across the nation.

Robbins is represented by dk Contemporary Gallery in Marietta, Ga., SCAD Exhibitions in Savannah, Ga., dk2 at Kellum and Company in Birmingham, Alabama, and maintains a working art studio at the Tannery Row Artist Colony in Buford, Ga. Robbins will be having an upcoming solo exhibition at the Quinlan Center for the Arts in their main gallery in August of 2021.


Below are upcoming and current workshops offered at Brodie Studio, located in downtown Buford, Georgia. at the Tannery Row Artist Colony, Studio #96, 554 West Main Street, Building C.

Please visit periodically as workshops are added continually.

1 Day expressive figure painting by Gena Brodie Robbins

1 Day expressive figure painting by Gena Brodie Robbins

Saturday Morning Art Ventures!!!

What a great way to spend a Saturday morning !!!! Come in and paint or sketch. Your choice of medium! BRING your own image or choose from an image bank I have in the studio. Bring in an object, or paint from available still life objects. Mixed media exploration, collage. and abstraction welcome! Your choice. Create and receive instruction as you develop and expand your knowledge and experience. Let me help you meet your daily painting or sketching goals. This is a no pressure class. No matter how advanced or novice you are…just come in set up and paint. This set up allows for you to gain instructor insight and direction sure to guide you into the next steps of your artistic journey. Morning coffee and juice available.

Bigger, Bolder, Looser, Abstract Painting Workshop

Come join me in my spacious, light filled art studio at the Tannery Row Artist Colony, located in the historical Tannery Row Building in downtown Buford, Georgia. My studio, Brodie Studio, is also just a stones throw away from Lake Lanier and only a 30 minute drive to downtown Atlanta. Engage in 3 days of Painting, Discussions, Demonstrations and Exploration…a.k.a. FUN, with plenty of student painting time. In a small group environment, you get more personalized attention from me, Gena Brodie Robbins.

All levels of painters are welcome. All media are welcome including acrylic, watercolor, oil, pastel, mixed-media. Gena paints with acrylics and also paints in oils.


Private Art Lessons

Private Lessons are on a first come, first serve basis. Simply fill out the Private Lesson Form below to sign up for a day and time for either a one, one and a half or two hour private session. All skills and mediums are accepted.

Sometimes, all it takes is a few private art lessons from a knowledgable and patient instructor to set you off and running as an artist. Perhaps you have attained an acrylic paint set or oil paint set with mediums, but are unsure how to begin using the mediums on your canvas. Never fear! It takes just a few informative demonstrations and a little practice and you’ll be ready to paint your first masterpiece.

Expressive Approaches to Drawing and Painting the Figure (Workshop)

Loose and expressive approaches to painting the figure will be explored. Students will investigate ways of beginning a painting and the subsequent stages of the painting process by first sketching a few quick studies of a still life. Learning how to break down subject matter into basic shapes is vital, and gives an insight into painting any subject matter, (including the figure) from photographs or from life. Rendering photo-realistically, or in a detailed manner is not the goal. Capturing the essence and gesture through suggested mark, color, and simplified shape is key and the focus of this workshop. Please bring quality photos with strong dramatic light source. (5 x 7 or larger). No posed studio or school type photos. Enjoy demonstrations and plenty of individual instruction for both oil and acrylic painters.

Painting of an abstracted figure and landscape in acrylic on canvas, 36 x 30 inches.

Painting of an abstracted figure and landscape in acrylic on canvas, 36 x 30 inches.

Color Theory and Painting

Do you have a color "strategy" before you start a painting, or do you simply hope the color will work out in the end? Have you ever wished you had more freedom with color?  Do you know how to mix the colors you are aiming for or is it a hit-or-miss process? Color is one of the most important elements in the success of your painting.  Many painters feel bound by the colors they see, which can lead to predictable paintings that lack drama, no matter how well they are painted. It's important to learn how to harness the power of color and use it to communicate your artistic vision.

dk Gallery Artists at the Opening of the Nude and Figure Show with the works (pictured) of Gena Brodie Robbins and Erika Guillory Page

dk Gallery Artists at the Opening of the Nude and Figure Show with the works (pictured) of Gena Brodie Robbins and Erika Guillory Page

Self Promotion for Visual Artists Workshop: A Two Day Crash Course in Photographing, presenting, and Marketing your Artwork

Learn the ropes of putting together a strong portfolio of your work that will help you to soar through the challenging maze of the art marketing world. Gain insight and knowledge of how to photograph your work without purchasing the expensive equipment so many professional artist’s use. Unravel the intricate fabric of developing an online visual presence; from utilizing social media, website development, email marketing and more. Learn how to price your work, find artist opportunities, write an artist statement, submit to juried exhibitions, art galleries, residencies and publications. Explore the most professional and effective ways to present, frame, pack, and exhibit your work.


Bring exciting depth and interest into your paintings.

Explore combining collaged materials, dry media and other mark making materials such as ink and water soluble graphite with painting mediums such as watercolor, gouache and acrylics. Choose to work from photographs, drawings, or your imagination or all three!

This mixed media workshop introduces artists into the wide realm of mixing materials to achieve an investigative and multilayered result, bringing fresh and dramatic possibilities to the art making process.

Learn how to layer transparent mediums on top of prior drawing marks, and how to draw into and on top of those layers. This workshop is sure to expand your knowledge of mixed media techniques and broaden your world of art making possibilities. 

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Brodie Studio, at Tannery Row Artist Colony is hosting a Costumed Life Drawing Open Studio Session beginning Monday, Feb. 4th from 4-6:30 pm. The lovely and elegant model, Maury-Ange, will be modeling in costume. Enjoy an evening of sketching, drawing, or painting a long pose. Your choice of medium. Gena Brodie Robbins will be present, facilitating the open studio. Please bring your surfaces, drawing, or painting materials, and a drawing board. We have 8 easels and a few drawing horses. We are limited to 8 to 10 people, So, please sign up early. We must have at least 4 people participating to have the model session.