IELTS Speaking Part 1 Art or Artworks: Below are the sample answers of the recent IELTS Speaking Part 1 about Art. Do not limit your idea about arts to just talking about painting or sculpture. Study the different types of art on this post and get better ideas on how to develop your answer to the questions about art.


This is one of the most interesting and common topics in IELTS Speaking, so make sure you are prepared to talk about this topic in your actual IELTS Speaking exam. Study the topic vocabulary words and collocations used in every answer and achieve your target band score or even get a band 9.0! Good luck!









Do you like drawing?


(Answer 1)


Yes, I do. I love drawing as it’s my way of expressing my emotions, most especially my negative emotions. When I feel depressed, drawing is my comfort. Through drawing, I get to release my frustration and it helps me keep going (make an effort to live normally in a difficult situation) in life. 


(Answer 2)


Well, drawing is not my cup of tea (not what one likes or is interested in) simply because I don’t know how to draw. I haven’t developed a skill in drawing. What I can draw is only a stick figure (a stickman), I’m like a child who has just started to learn drawing. 


Do you like to go to the gallery?


(Answer 1)


Yes, definitely!  I’m into visiting galleries because I just love art. I’m fond of (to like someone or something very much) looking at those paintings or sculptures made by artists. For some reason, when I visit a gallery I feel so calm and I forget all my worries in life.


(Answer 2)


Well, it’s fine with me to go to an art gallery if someone invites me, but deciding on my own to visit a gallery hasn’t happened yet. I guess I’m not just a fan of (not liking something) galleries and I think I haven’t developed an interest in art exhibitions. 


Do you want to learn more about art?


(Answer 1)


I love art but I haven’t considered learning more about it. Yes, I’m good at drawing but it’s just my hobby. I don’t want to learn more about drawing as I’m also pretty busy with my current work. I just don’t have some extra time to learn about art. 


(Answer 2)


No, I haven’t thought about that. I believe I have no spare time (extra time) to learn different forms of art, but even if I have time, I still don’t want to spend it learning about art as I’m not interested in it. I’d rather develop business skills as that’s way more important in life, in my opinion.  


Did you learn drawing when you were a kid?


(Answer 1)


Yes, of course! I remember our kindergarten teacher taught us how to draw a stick figure. And when I was a first-year high school student, our art teacher taught us how to sketch like a professional and that’s when I developed my artistry (creative skill or ability).


(Answer 2)


Yes, I did! I think every child learns how to draw in school since teachers spend time teaching them how to draw in their art class. Unfortunately, I just don’t have the talent for drawing. No matter how hard I tried learning back then, I just couldn’t improve. 



Do you like art?


Answer 1

Yes, I do. I love visual arts, especially fine arts and decorative arts. Well, I’ve collected some pieces of abstract art since I’m mesmerized by the beauty of it – it does fire my imagination interpreting the meaning and comprehending the emotion of the artist that is depicted on the masterpiece. I also enjoy keeping some ceramics, pottery, and mosaic art at home. 

Answer 2

Yes, I’ve had a deep-rooted admiration for art since I was a grader, I love different forms of art, for me,  it’s like food for the soul. Actually, I was an active member of an art club during my primary and high school days and it really helped me develop my prowess in painting. Well, these days, I’ve cultivated a new hobby which is sculpting, and I find it fascinating and satisfying. 




Visual art [noun] – creative art that is appreciated by sight

Fine art [noun] – belongs to the general category of visual arts such as drawing, painting, sculpture, film-making, printmaking, calligraphy, etc. 

Decorative arts [noun] – arts or crafts concerned with the production of objects that are both beautiful and functional; objects like ceramics and pots

Abstract art [noun] – a visual art that uses shapes, colors, lines, that are independent from the visual references of the world

Mesmerize [verb] – enthrall; dazzle

Fire one’s imagination [phrase] – to make someone feel very excited and interested 

Interpret [verb] – explain the meaning of something

Depict [verb] – portray

Masterpiece [noun] – an outstanding artistry 

Mosaic art [noun] – an artistic picture or design made out of materials that are assembled together

Deep-rooted (adjective) – continuing to exist or endure over a prolonged period. 

Admiration (noun) – respect and warm approval. 

Grader (noun) – pupil

Food for the soul (idiom) – feeling tranquil, peace and harmony within our souls.  

Prowess (noun) – skill or expertise in a particular activity or field. 

Cultivate (verb) – develop

Sculpting (noun) – the art of carving




i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker gave a direct positive answer to the question and cited some examples of arts that he’s interested in. Right after that, he transitioned to talking about his hobby of collecting abstract art and expressed his opinion about it. He extended his answer by giving the examiner an idea of what decorative arts were by giving some examples. Notice the topic vocabulary words used when the speaker delivered his answer. It just showed that he has good knowledge about the topic. 

ii.) ANSWER 2: The speaker directly gave a positive answer coupled with a good natural expression to express his admiration for art. He gave emphasis on the fact that he loved art since he was very young. Then to extend his answer a bit more, he recalled his experience being a member of an art club that helped him develop his artistic skills. He ended his answer by telling the examiner that he started one kind of hobby that’s related to art. It’s a good way to wrap up his answer and at the same time showcase his vocabulary knowledge about art. 


Have you ever visited an art gallery?


Answer 1

Absolutely! I’ve been to several art galleries in different countries. I’ve visited the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, the National Gallery in London, the Art Gallery in Western Australia, and the Mori Building Digital Art Museum in Tokyo. Of all those art galleries, the digital art museum in Tokyo is my favorite because it’s futuristic, extraordinary, creative, and dreamy. I couldn’t help myself but be entranced by the beauty of that kind of art. 


Answer 2

Believe it or not, I have never visited even a single art gallery before because displays in art galleries are quite monotonous, and sadly it’s hard for me to build a connection with art. I am not an artistic or imaginative critter and it’s not my cup of tea. Well, perhaps, I might give it a shot in the future and who knows I may have a change of heart. 


Answer 3

Yes, I have been to some, however, that was when I was still a primary schooler. I remember, before we had our summer break, our art teachers usually took us to some art galleries in the city, and unfortunately, I can’t recall whether or not I enjoyed it. As you know, children don’t usually appreciate the beauty of any kind of art. 




Several [determiner] – more than two but not many

Futuristic [adj.] – involving very modern technology and design

Extraordinary [adj.] – exceptional; amazing

Dreamy [adj.] – being magical

Can’t help [phrase] – used to say when someone cannot stop themselves from doing something

Entrance [verb] – captivate; enchant

Monotonous [adjective] – lacking in variety and interest

Critter [noun] – a living creature or individual

Cup of tea [idiom] – something one likes

Give it a shot [phrase] – to try something 

Change of heart [phrase] – change one’s mind

Primary schooler [noun] – a pupil attending in a primary school





i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker gave a positive direct answer by using an alternative expression of “Yes”, then he cited some of the art galleries he visited. That’s a great way to extend his answer and at the same time use topic vocabulary words. He then ended his answer by stating his favorite art gallery and even provided his opinion about that favorite art gallery using some good descriptive words. With that answer, he’s completely showcased his language skills in a more natural way.  This recent topic in IELTS Speaking Part 1 Art or Artworks is not really complicated, as long as you have a good amount of topic vocabulary words and art knowledge. 


ii.) ANSWER 2: The speaker started his answer by using one good natural expression and talked about his zero experience of visiting art galleries. Right after that, he expressed his opinion about art and how unartistic he was. Finally, he ended his answer by saying that he might visit one in the future and probably change his perspective about art galleries. His answer sounds direct and natural.

iii.) ANSWER 3: The speaker provided a positive answer and just focused on his previous experience of visiting some art galleries during his primary school days and that may be because he had no recent experience of visiting galleries, instead,  he concentrated on giving some details and opinion of his experience in the past. That’s a good technique just for him to extend his answer a bit more. 


Is there any artwork on the wall in your room?


Answer 1

I don’t have any piece of artwork in my room since my room is cramped. However,  we have some in our living and dining rooms. Actually, my mom is an art enthusiast; she loves to collect some abstract paintings and hang them on the walls. Those pieces of artwork actually add life to our interior and honestly, I can’t take my eyes off them. 


Answer 2

Yes, I have two – one is a figurative art which was gifted to me by my best friend who is an artist and the other one is a stained glass of Vincent Van Gogh’s masterpiece, The Starry Night. I got it from an online art shop five years ago, and that was the time when I was engrossed reading stories of the life of Vincent Van Gogh. Those two artworks hold a special place in my heart. 




Cramped [adj.] – uncomfortably small

Enthusiast [adj.] – a person who is very interested in something

Interior [noun] – the inner part of the house; inside of the house

Can’t take my eyes off [phrase] – something or someone that is interesting or captivating that one cannot stop looking 

Figurative art [noun] – an artwork that is derived from real objects or the world references

Gift [verb, as used in the answer] – to give

Stained glass [noun] – colored glass used to form decorative or pictorial designs and commonly used in the windows of churches

Engross [verb] – to be absorbed all the attention or interest of something

Hold a special place in one’s heart [phrase] – something that is emotionally important to you




i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker provided a direct negative answer to the question and explained his reason why he didn’t have a single artwork in his room. In order for him to express himself more, he transitioned to talking about his mom’s enthusiasm for collecting abstract paintings and decorating them in some areas of their house. Then he wrapped up his answer by telling the examiner how those artworks affected him. It’s a great way to end his answer. 

ii.) ANSWER 2: The speaker was direct to the point when he gave his answer – he enumerated the two pieces of artwork he has in his room. To elaborate his answer more, he talked about each artwork individually and the story behind each of those artworks. Finally, he ended his answer by saying that those pieces of artwork were dear to him. It’s a very good way to conclude his answer plus he’s able to showcase the topic vocabulary words that he knew. 



Have you ever had art classes?


Answer 1

Yes, I had. I had a great time doing some crafts back in the days when I was still a student. Well, I believe all primary and high school students are mandated to study art for that is part of the curriculum. Having art classes at an early age helps children develop their imaginative skills or their creative thinking. 

Answer 2

Yes, I have and I’m still doing it now. I’m actually a Fine Arts student in one of the most prestigious art institutes in this city. And this current semester, I’m learning about minimalism, and to tell you the truth, I’m hooked on it. I don’t know, I just can’t describe my feelings studying that type of art. 



Craft [noun] – an activity that requires skills in creating things by hand

Back in the days [phrase] – used when talking about the time in the past, especially when you’re remembering wonderful things about that time

Mandate [verb, as used in the answer] – require

Curriculum [noun] – a course of study

Prestigious [adj.] – reputable; respected

Semester [noun] – half-year term in a school

Minimalism [noun] – a style in art that uses the smallest range of materials and colors and only very simple forms or shapes

To tell you the truth [phrase] – to express honestly

Hooked on [phrase] – to be addicted or to like something very much




i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker provided a positive answer to the question and recalled what he did in his art classes in the past. Then, he transitioned to talking about art as a compulsory subject to all the primary and high school students. And finally, he ended his answer by giving his reflection on what art classes can do to students. A straightforward answer!


ii.) ANSWER 2: The speaker gave a positive answer and mentioned that he’s still studying art classes. He supported his introductory part by stating his major.  And to make the examiner get an idea of what he’s currently doing, he talked about one particular part that he’s enjoying studying. Then he ended his answer by expressing his admiration for minimalism. With that kind of answer, he’s able to express himself naturally and he’s able to show off his vocabulary knowledge which can help him get a better mark in the criterion, Lexical Resource. Good answer indeed!

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Meaning of Words and Phrases Sources: Collins, Macmillan, Cambridge, Oxford

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