The Art of Onfim

The Art of Onfim

Children’s drawings from the Middle Ages; a pile of “birchbark” documents from Novogorod contain a kid’s homework from 800 years ago, mixed in with a bunch of doodles he did when he was bored.

I wonder whether kids at school would be more interested in history if they could connect with pictures like these. History seems incomprehensible as a kid because you can’t follow the decision-making processes of adults. Who cares why x invaded y? Maybe if they could place themselves within history by relating to a young child from long ago, they would be more “into” it.