Model Answer for IELTS Speaking Part 2 Topic:
Describe an impressive work of art such as painting or sculpture you saw.
You should say:
What it is
Where and when you first saw this work of art
What it looks like
Explain why you like it
(What it is) The Renaissance in Europe gave birth to many a talented musician and artist. Being a European culture enthusiast, I am especially attracted by masterpieces by the artists from Europe, particularly those living in the Renaissance period. The piece of art that I aspire to see once in real life is the portrayal of Mona Lisa, which brought glory to Picasso’s name.
(Where and when you first saw this work of art) I first saw this portrait in the book of world art when I was in grade 4 or 5. Of course, it was in an art lesson that I stumbled upon this piece.
(What it looks like) When hearing the name of the artwork, people can assume that it depicts a woman named Mona Lisa. This artwork’s popularity went far beyond people’s imagination as the woman depicted was not a public figure or so. But it is the enigma in her eyes and smile that caught other artists’ attention and made Mona Lisa well-known worldwide till now.
(Explain why you like it) Like many other people, the subject’s expression, which is frequently described as enigmatic, the subtle modelling of forms, and the atmospheric illusionism were novel qualities that have contributed to my interest in the work. Moreover, the story of this portrait painting is also another reason. It is believed that the painting has been stolen and the one in Louvre Museum is the fake one. Again, another mystery that has not been shed light on.
1. Give birth to (phrase)
This extraordinary experience gave birth to (= gave him the idea for) his latest novel.
2. Aspire (v): long for, yearn for
We aspire to become full-service providers to our clients.
3. Stumble upon (phrase): accidentally find something
Workmen stumbled upon the mosaic while digging foundations for a new building.
4. Depict (v): describe
Her paintings depict the lives of ordinary people in the last century.
5. Public figure (n): famous person
Obama is a American public figure.
6. Enigma (n): mystery
The newspapers were full of stories about the enigma of the plane’s disappearance.
7. Shed light on (phrase):to help to explain a situation
Experts hope the plane’s flight recorders will shed light on the cause of the crash.
IELTS Speaking Part 3:
1. Do you like art?
As a humanities major, there is no question of me not being interested in art. I have a great passion for art, including music and architecture, especially classical art. I usually read art history and learn to play classical songs composed in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.
2. Do you think that art classes are necessary? Why?
In the prime age of technology, art is losing its position to subjects such as mathematics or science. However, I believe that art still plays an irreplaceable role in the society as it is instrumental in balancing the life, maintaining the human part and preventing it from being too robotic.
3. How do you think art classes affect children’s development?
It has been scientifically reported that art is an important impetus for the development of children. Given such exposure to artworks, children’s minds are triggered to think in order to comprehend the work. This process can boost their creativity, intelligence as well as transform them into better individuals after knowing the humanitarian value hidden in the piece of art.
4. What kind of arts do people in your country like?
Absolutely traditional literature! We are famous for our traditional poetry which talks about ordinary life in the countryside. Love, patriotism, agricultural life are the three main topics that our poems convey.
5. What benefits can you get from painting as a hobby?
Painting is an effective stress reliever. Many people, even those working in the fields of business or finance, learn to paint at weekends so that they use the spare time wisely to let off steam while taking that chance to widen their social network.
6. Do you think people’s preference for arts changed in the past few years?
I really think so. As the society develops, people’s mindset also witnesses changes. People now are more keen on the quality of the artwork, meaning that artworks now should be made with a high quality if they aim at the general public. In the past, it is rather easy for a singer to become famous as long as they can sing. However, a singer ability now will be evaluated on their voice and the way they convey the song also.
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