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Art 2

IELTS Writing Task 2 essay with model

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic

Some people think that art is essential subject for children at school while others think it is a
waste of time.
Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or

Write at least 250 words.

Model Answer:

One of the highly controversial topics today relates to whether art is a crucial subject for school
children or not. In this essay, I am going to shed some light on this question from both points of
view and then give my own opinion on the matter.

On one side of the argument, there are people who argue that the benefits of art as an academic
subject considerably outweigh its disadvantages. The main reason for believing this is that art is
actually imagination of an individual on paper; thus, art aids students in broadening their
imagination. It is also possible to say that art acts as a medium for the shy pupil to express their
emotions directly. One good illustration of this is that children express their love and emotions
for their parents by creating a birthday card using their creativity, provided they had learned
this art at the school level. Therefore, it is easy to see why this argument has gained support.

On the other hand, people often argued that art is just a waste of time. People often have this
opinion because students are already burdened with other academic subjects; thus adding art
subject will enhance that load. Additionally, nowadays there is no job prospects for students in
art; consequently, they opt for other vocational academic subjects. To exemplify, students choose
either science or commerce stream, which have jobs available in abundant in these fields.
Hence, it goes without saying that this viewpoint is credible and realistic.

In my opinion, both arguments have their merits. On balance, however, I tend to believe that art
should be optional subject keeping in mind that job prospect of students are is of utmost
Total Words: 281

Task Achievement: 8

Coherence & Cohesion: 7

Lexical resources: 7

Grammar: 7

Overall Score: Band 7