Passing the Love of Art Collecting to the Next Generation
The next step is to start them on a step-by-step path to becoming art collectors themselves. As you move them from stage to stage, their enthusiasm and the fun they are having learning this wonderful pastime will truly be a family affair.
· Let them know you are taking a journey with them. By sitting down with each child when they are at the right age and letting them know you are starting them on a road to becoming art collectors, their excitement will be overwhelming. They will throw themselves into the activity with a passion that will remind you of your own youth.
· Teach them to refine their powers of observation. Art collection is impossible without well developed art appreciation. So accelerate their art education both in terms of formal education and through many outings and “art safaris” for them to learn to look at fine art.
· Engage the children in art history. The great thing about becoming a collector is you get in touch with the artists, their backgrounds and motivations when they painted the fine art you are buying. By giving your children a firm understanding of the history behind their favorite art works, they can enjoy the deeper understanding that comes from such education and become eager learners of art history as well.
· Help them find their passion. Each of us has our passion in our enjoyment of fine art. While one may eat and breathe impressionist paintings, another may be obsessed with modern sculpture. You cannot just “give” your children a passion for the genre and style of art they come to enjoy. But by exposing them to a wide variety of fine art, they will discover it themselves.
· Start out with a small budget. Imagine the excitement your children will experience when they purchase their first piece for their art collection. Just as you had to grow in your ability to be an active art collector perhaps because of budget constraints, keeping their budget reasonable is part of the training. Because they have a limited budget, they will be much more careful about the pieces they purchase. You can expand that budget and their ability to grow as junior art collectors as their enjoyment and understanding of the hobby expands.
· Make it a family project to set initial art collection goals. Weekly family meetings that are just about art collecting will become a favorite time for the children. There you can help them establish their initial goals for their own collections based on their interests and their knowledge of the genre, artists and art history.
· Help them build their collections carefully and slowly. Art collection is a passion that is made sweeter through patience and slow expansion of their collections. By enjoying the delayed gratification of the growth of their collections, they will learn valuable lessons about life as well.
Your children will relish this training because you will be teaching them what they see in you, a love of fine art. And when they are adults, they will look back with nostalgia and joy at those times when mom and dad took time with them to teach them the fine art of art collecting.
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