Describe an art or craft activity that you had at school IELTS cue card
IELTS Cue Card Topic
Describe an art or craft activity that you had at school.
You should say
What you made?
How you made it?
What it looked like?
And how you felt about the activity?
Art and craft have always fascinated me since my childhood.
What you made?
Although I had participated in many such activities during school time, I was regular at painting. I won an award when I drew a flowing river on the canvas.
How you made it? , and What it looked like?
During the summer holidays of the 6th standard, our teacher assigned a task to us. It was to draw a painting with nature as the theme.
Since I had plenty of time at my disposal, I had done a lot of research to find the correct theme for my painting.
The task was not easy because you need to be accurate with colours when you have to draw nature on canvas.
It took me a week to draw the painting. Initially, I was very nervous, but eventually, I got into a state of flow.
From the 3rd day onwards, I started enjoying every second of my task
I drew it with precision. To come up with the right colour for the background, I had to mix various colours.
Finally, when I unveiled the painting at the school, I gained tremendous appreciation from the school. They gave me a good round of applause.
The school principal gave me a trophy along with a bunch of peonies.
And how you felt about the activity?
That day, I was on cloud nine because that moment changed my life’s trajectory and made me a confident person. After that, I participated in many other competitions and brought laurels to my school.
The admiration I had received that day would always remain etched in my memories.
Follow up Questions
Here are some examples of follow up questions that the examiner might ask during your speaking part 3 related to cue card “Describe an art or craft activity that you had at school”.
1. What kinds of traditional handicrafts are there in your country?
My country is blessed to have umpteen types of traditional handicrafts. Punjab is famous for its Phulkari, Kashmir has carved out a niche for itself in carpet manufacturing, Rajasthan is the land of ceramic pottery. Since there is a lot of diversity in my nation, the traditional handicrafts are diverse too.
2. Should children learn more about art? / What are the benefits of making handcrafts?
In the contemporary epoch where technology has made inroads in our lives, the involvement of children in art, especially handicrafts is a welcome move. Firstly it helps them think beyond the conventional domain, and secondly, it relieves them from stress. Apart from this, they develop patience in themselves.
3. Why do some people think it is difficult to understand art?
Few people say so because art is deciphered by different people on a different basis. Secondly, interests vary from person to person. Some find extreme pleasure while folk music, whereas others prefer contemporary music.
Unlike other forms of entertainment, art provides instant gratification in a few cases only. A person needs to have a distinct taste to derive meaning from a piece of art. Due to this reason, most people find it difficult to understand art.
4. What can we do to make young people pay more attention to traditional art?
The first and foremost step is to organise awareness programs at various places like schools colleges, and other public places. The central focus of these programmes should be on creating awareness in youngsters so that they could understand the significance of art in their lives.
5. Do you think it’s important to cultivate an appreciation of art in children?
Yes, because appreciation boosts the morale of children and enhances their interest in art.
6. Do you think art should be included in school curriculums? Why?
Yes, art should be a mandatory part of the school’s curriculum because it provides much-needed relief to the students. It boosts the creativity of students and make them think beyond the conventional domain to lead their lives towards an impressive growth trajectory.
7. Have you attended any lessons about art?
Although I did not have much interest in art, I attended dance classes to hone my dancing skills. Apart from this, I tried my hand at painting too.
8. What have you learned from these lessons?
The biggest lesson I have learned is that we can gain mastery in any field by doing regular practice with determination, dedication and discipline.
9. What do young people think of traditional handicrafts?
As per my opinion, most youngsters admire conventional handicrafts. But, I also postulate that young people lack the tolerance to make these traditional handicrafts as people used to do a few decades back.
10. Do people in your country send handicrafts as gifts?
With changing times, the concept of sending handicrafts as gifts has gained prominence. Instead of giving expensive fancy gifts, people prefer to send handicrafts as gifts.
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