Introducing Workshops at Brodie Studio


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.

 Peacock in Flight by Gena Brodie Robbins

Peacock in Flight by Gena Brodie Robbins

 Underpainting in oil of a figure from photograph and life sketches

Underpainting in oil of a figure from photograph and life sketches

Painting and Drawing Techniques

This workshop is tailored to all skill levels and is designed for students using their preferred paint or drawing medium (oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, dry or mixed media). You can work from photos, a still life setup that will be provided for you, or your own sketches, ideas or personal objects that you bring to class. Accomplish your own goals as you learn and improve strong composition, principles of design, color properties, and mark-making/brushwork techniques.

Expressive Approaches to Drawing and Painting the Figure

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 set up in the studio. 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.

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 Detail of Painting with several layers of contrasting and complimentary colors by Gena Brodie Robbins.

Detail of Painting with several layers of contrasting and complimentary colors by Gena Brodie Robbins.

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.

Capturing the Abstract Qualities of the Alla Prima Still Life and Portrait

Alla Prima painting, or wet into wet, single session painting is a stimulating method which teaches you to be present in every brush stroke, focusing only on the essentials, ultimately giving you great dexterity and control. With demonstration and gentle critique, Gena Brodie Robbins will challenge you to correctly observe and record the fundamentals: shapes, values, edges and color.

This workshop will be a comprehensive study into painting the “Alla Prima”portrait in oils