The spontaneous drawings of young children are genuinely primitive. The younger the child, the more primitive the drawings. The most interesting are the first attempts of children under school age. They are quite different from the work of older children who have had lessons and who have gained impressions and inspiration from works of art in their immediate environment. A number of quite advanced pictures of this kind were recently published by Evelyn Gibbs in her book, The Teaching of Art in Schools.
By contrast the attempts of younger children are very rudimentary. Often it is not even clear what the child is trying to portray, and he has to be asked to explain. Yet in other details there may be an unexpected observation of nature, a surprising grasp of essentials and considerable power to express them.
The drawing here shown (Fig.11) was produced by a small
Fig. 11 --Man Shaving, Watched by Dog
Pencil drawing by Doyne North (Beaconsfield, Bucks), age 4 years 3 months. C--pa