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IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Arts

IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Arts

IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Arts

Do you like art ?

  • No, I’m not really into art. I’m a person who likes numbers, so as a child, I tended to focus more on computers and math. Although I do like some music, which is considered an art form, I never really became fascinated by it. I rarely visit art galleries, and sometimes I only do so for the sake of my friends or for work-related activities. I have seen other artworks, but they have never amazed me or provided me with a particularly enjoyable experience, whether they are sculptures or photographs.
  • Yeah, I do enjoy artworks. Recently, I’ve been to a museum, and it was really wonderful. There was an exhibition showcasing ethnic artwork from a specific ethnic group, and I liked it. Besides paintings, I also enjoy wooden sculptures. We have a local artist here, and whenever I have the chance, I go to check out his work. However, I cannot buy anything because it’s quite expensive. Instead, I just tend to take pictures and appreciate them since I live in a small place.
  • Although it might sound strange, I don’t really find art very appealing. I’m not interested in any forms of art, such as painting and music. Although I enjoy beautiful scenery, I can’t imagine myself going to a museum to look at different creations. I simply don’t have the enthusiasm or interest to be in those places. Whenever my friends ask me to go out, I make excuses not to go there. I believe some people feel the same way; they just hide it to avoid judgment from their peers. However, for me, I don’t have any interest in art.

Do you like visiting art galleries?

  • No, although my city has a lot of art galleries, around four maybe, visiting them is not something that I really enjoy. I only did it because it was part of my job as a curator. I needed a job at the time, so I just had to do it. But there’s no genuine interest or joy when I perform my job.
  • Fortunately, there are many art galleries in my city. For example, we have the Historical Museum, which is just three minutes away. Additionally, there are a few more nearby, such as the Mirror Gallery. There is also an old mansion that has been transformed into a UNESCO World Heritage site. If you go seven blocks up and four blocks across, you will find another museum located within the university. Interestingly, I used to work there before.
  • It’s a bit ironic—I don’t personally like art galleries, but I did work at one before. During the summer holidays, I worked as someone who ushered visitors and talked about different art. I had to memorize a lot of things back then, so I was in two different art galleries in the afternoon, but I didn’t like it. It was just more of a job. If I have friends from abroad who want to see the beauty of the place, then I would tour them, but it’s more for their entertainment and fun. I don’t want to be a party pooper and tell them that I don’t like the place. I just give them a fun time. For me, it’s more of a job.

Do you want to be an artist?

  • I never see myself as an artist because these people usually struggle financially. I have friends who are in their late 30s but still only performing in gigs without a breakthrough for decades. Painters and sculptors often come from wealthy families, allowing them to pursue their passion. However, as someone from a middle-income background, I feel the need to pursue a more stable income.
  • Some people believe that being an artist is not a favorable career choice. However, I can confidently state that I still want to pursue art because it is more than just a job—it’s a way of life. I have observed others make the mistake of relying solely on art as their source of income, which can lead to financial instability. In my case, I would prefer to have a regular 9-to-5 job and dedicate my weekends or free time to focus on my artwork. This approach would provide me with a more stable financial situation without burdening my family.
  • I want to enjoy the perks of being an artist without actually being one. In our country and even in Hollywood, being an artist means it’s acceptable to be weird and do things that most people consider taboo or strange. I’d like to have the freedom to do that, but it’s a luxury reserved for artists. Moreover, when it comes to money, artists usually struggle for most of their lives. In fact, it’s often only after they’ve passed away or in their later years that they receive recognition. Overall, I prefer to be a regular person, but it would be nice to experience some of the privileges that artists enjoy.

Do you like modern art or traditional art?

  • Since I have worked as a curator, I have had the opportunity to experience various forms of traditional art created by local artists. Additionally, I have encountered the works of renowned artists like Grandma Moses, Rembrandt, and Picasso. Despite not having a strong personal inclination towards art, I find myself appreciating traditional art forms more than others. Given the choice, I would always prefer traditional art.
  • I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to witness the works of renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, Salvador Dali, and Marcel Duchamp at a young age. In addition to their creations, I have also explored various forms of traditional art. However, I must admit that I may have a bias towards modern art, especially after experiencing it in person. Traditional art, on the other hand, can sometimes appear monotonous once you have been exposed to modern art.
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  • Neither, actually. Traditional arts are those that have stood the test of time, and I don’t have much interest in them. However, I must say that their designs have been tested for decades, even centuries, so they deserve respect. On the other hand, modern art is a bit complicated, and that’s something I don’t like. It’s hard to judge or describe modern art. To be honest, I’ve seen people praise certain modern art pieces as beautiful but struggle to explain why. It’s often said that when they see something, they can call it art, and if you don’t understand it, those people say you don’t have the eye of an artist. Needless to say, I don’t care much about art, whether it’s modern or traditional. However, when it comes to modern art, some of the fans are my problem, as some of them come across as pretentious.

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