Robert Lenkiewicz would often give his time for free in order to help people learn to paint, some of his former students are listed below. Some are not currently artists, yet some are successful painters in their own right. He taught anyone from complete beginners to more advanced students. While some students learnt quite quickly, others required many lessons over a longer period of time in order to reach a certain skill-level. My own ability to paint was dramatically improved by his expert tuition.
His method of teaching people to paint was very effective at getting results from students, and strangely, it was 'surprisingly practical' for a man of such esotericism and who also had some pretty idiosyncratic ways! However, he used a system whereby a student could not progress from one stage to the next without being fully accomplished at each current stage, this ensured he/she was completely in tune with Lenkiewicz's way of thinking/seeing things regarding the act of painting, in terms of putting it into practice on canvas.
While the ultimate aim for his students was to learn how to paint using Robert's
techniques, there was also a definate awareness of encouraging him/her to then eventually go on to find 'their own' style - and not to just blindly adopt his tutor's style of painting!
His straightforward approach included this mantra of his:
"Tone of the tone, Colour of the colour, Shape of the shape, Seeing the whole"
A quote from one of his former students:
"For me Lenkiewicz's greatest contribution to figurative painting is his deep and penetrating research into colour: not in a pigment sense, but in the way he translates the retinal experience onto canvas. His unmatched ability to break down tone and colour into a huge range of shades and hues allowed him to push his colour to a great richness of hue and yet still stay in the boundaries of the way the eyes see. There is no other figurative painter who works directly in front of the model that has reached his brilliant use of colour."
Nahem Shoa, 2006.
A demonstration sketch by Robert for a student. Oil on canvas
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