18.12 – The Friday Five – Bright’s top cultural finds this week



1. Top 10 Christmas books

From A Christmas Carol to The Snowman, Matt Haig from the Guardian picks the books that will put even the most bah-humbuggiest Scrooge into a festive mood. Read the full list here!


2. Before And After Drawings Show Practice Makes Perfect

It’s simple and easy to become skilled at something, it’s just the consistent practice which is difficult. Nowhere is this more obvious than in drawing and illustration, where an understanding of proportions and proper technique can turn a crude circle with lines into a detailed face. Check them out here.


 3. The 15 best art shows of 2015

Delaunay surprised, Diebenkorn delighted and Goya scored twice: here’s our pick of the shows of the year. View the slideshow.


4. 5 Tricks to Get Your Children to Read MORE

Some kids are born readers, and others- not so much. Thankfully my kids all love books and reading, but with all of their friends and electronic distractions, I find them reading less and less. Having taught for seven years, I know how important it is to make sure your children are reading every single day, so I am always making it a point to be sure they are. Some days re easier than others though, but I have figured out a few ways to make it easier. Find out the top tips here.


5. EH Shepard: An Illustrator’s War at the House of Illustration

EH Shepard: An Illustrator’s War presents the breadth and variety of Shepard’s wartime illustration, produced for a range of purposes. As well as recording his experiences, he continued to work as a commercial cartoonist, regularly sending work back from the trenches for Punch and other publications. Read more here.