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This is an IELTS writing task 2 sample answer essay from the real exam/test related to the topic of artistic talent.

Art is a really common topic on IELTS so be sure to study the vocabulary below in case it comes up on your exam!

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Listen to the audio below for some extra listening practice before you read as well:

IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer Essay: Artistic Talent (Real Past IELTS Exam/Test)

Some think that quality art can be made by anyone while others think that it requires special talent and ability.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Real IELTS Exam/Test

Some believe that art ought to be left to talented professionals while others believe anyone can make worthwhile pieces. In my opinion, talent is a complex concept but its lack of clarity does not make it any less crucial.

Talent, particularly in a subjective field such as art, is indefinable. It is impossible to determine the interplay between talent and genetic predisposition, upbringing, personal qualities like perseverance, motivation, luck, and practice. Research into sports has shown the importance of genetics but that is largely because of the athletic requirements. Good hand eye coordination, superior spatial sense, and linguistic prowess may give one a talent advantage in the arts but many technically skilled artists produce lifeless, unoriginal art. There are simply too many unknowns as to what informs talent and how this translates to subjective works to make a definitive appraisal of its value.

However, let us make no mistake: talent is important for all human endeavours and art is no exception. The term itself may be hazy but there is no doubt in practice that certain individuals can create stirring masterpieces and others cannot, regardless of how much hard work they put in. A good example of this would be in music. Some bands and artists toil away for years without making much of an impression while others, like the Beatles and Mozart, were successful from a very young age. John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s lyrical gifts and understanding of melody were present for them in their early 20s and few other individuals, professional or amateur, in their entire lifetime have had the talent to reach their heights.

In conclusion, though it is difficult to define, good art requires talent. There is therapeutic value for amateurs but great art with universal appeal is the prerogative of the gifted.

Analysis

1. Some believe that art ought to be left to talented professionals while others believe anyone can make worthwhile pieces. 2. In my opinion, talent is a complex concept but its lack of clarity does not make it any less crucial.

  1. Paraphrase the overall topic for the whole essay.
  2. Write your opinion clearly.

1. Talent, particularly in a subjective field such as art, is indefinable. 2. It is impossible to determine the interplay between talent and genetic predisposition, upbringing, personal qualities like perseverance, motivation, luck, and practice. 3. Research into sports has shown the importance of genetics but that is largely because of the athletic requirements. 4. Good hand eye coordination, superior spatial sense, and linguistic prowess may give one a talent advantage in the arts but many technically skilled artists produce lifeless, unoriginal art. 5. There are simply too many unknowns as to what informs talent and how this translates to subjective works to make a definitive appraisal of its value.

  1. Write a topic sentence with a clear main idea at the end.
  2. Begin to develop it with specific ideas.
  3. Continue development of the same main idea.
  4. Add as much specific detail as you can.
  5. Finish with a strong statement.

1. However, let us make no mistake: talent is important for all human endeavours and art is no exception. 2. The term itself may be hazy but there is no doubt in practice that certain individuals can create stirring masterpieces and others cannot, regardless of how much hard work they put in. 3. A good example of this would be in music. 4. Some bands and artists toil away for years without making much of an impression while others, like the Beatles and Mozart, were successful from a very young age. 5. John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s lyrical gifts and understanding of melody were present for them in their early 20s and few other individuals, professional or amateur, in their entire lifetime have had the talent to reach their heights.

  1. Write another topic sentence with another clear main idea.
  2. Support or explain your main idea.
  3. Give an example.
  4. Develop your example.
  5. Continue to full develop that example.

1. In conclusion, though it is difficult to define, good art requires talent. 2. There is therapeutic value for amateurs but great art with universal appeal is the prerogative of the gifted.

  1. Repeat your opinion.
  2. Add in a final detail/thought.

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean?

Some believe that art ought to be left to talented professionals while others believe anyone can make worthwhile pieces. In my opinion, talent is a complex concept but its lack of clarity does not make it any less crucial.

Talent, particularly in a subjective field such as art, is indefinable. It is impossible to determine the interplay between talent and genetic predisposition, upbringing, personal qualities like perseverance, motivation, luck, and practice. Research into sports has shown the importance of genetics but that is largely because of the athletic requirements. Good hand eye coordination, superior spatial sense, and linguistic prowess may give one a talent advantage in the arts but many technically skilled artists produce lifeless, unoriginal art. There are simply too many unknowns as to what informs talent and how this translates to subjective works to make a definitive appraisal of its value.

However, let us make no mistake: talent is important for all human endeavours and art is no exception. The term itself may be hazy but there is no doubt in practice that certain individuals can create stirring masterpieces and others cannot, regardless of how much hard work they put in. A good example of this would be in music. Some bands and artists toil away for years without making much of an impression while others, like the Beatles and Mozart, were successful from a very young age. John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s lyrical gifts and understanding of melody were present for them in their early 20s and few other individuals, professional or amateur, in their entire lifetime have had the talent to reach their heights.

In conclusion, though it is difficult to define, good art requires talent. There is therapeutic value for amateurs but great art with universal appeal is the prerogative of the gifted.

Answers

left to talented professionals only for real artists

worthwhile pieces important works

complex concept complicated idea

lack of clarity unclear

crucial essential

subjective field open to interpretation jobs

indefinable can’t be clearly summarised

determine decide on

interplay relationship between

genetic predisposition what you were born with

upbringing how you are raised

personal qualities characteristics

perseverance working through obstacles

motivation desire, determination

athletic requirements physical prerequisites

hand eye coordination how fast your hands and eyes work together

superior spatial sense kinaesthetic sense

linguistic prowess language ability

talent advantage more ability

technically skilled artists ability of artists

lifeless flat, boring

unoriginal not creative, stale

unknowns can’t be known

informs leads to, makes up

translates becomes

subjective open to interpretation

definitive appraisal clear judgment

value worth

let us make no mistake there is no doubt

human endeavours what mankind attempts

no exception conforms to the rule

term word

hazy unclear

no doubt in practice can’t be questioned in reality

stirring masterpieces beautiful works of art

put in contribute

toil away work at

without making much of an impression leaving little mark

lyrical gifts ability to write song lyrics

melody tune of the music

present part of them

amateur not professional

lifetime whole life

reach their heights become the best

define put your finger on

therapeutic value important for mental health

universal appeal everyone appreciates

prerogative of the gifted only for the talented

Pronunciation

Listen and repeat:

lɛft tuː ˈtæləntɪd prəˈfɛʃənlz 
ˈwɜːθˈwaɪl ˈpiːsɪz
ˈkɒmplɛks ˈkɒnsɛpt 
læk ɒv ˈklærɪti 
ˈkruːʃəl
səbˈʤɛktɪv fiːld 
ˌɪndɪˈfaɪnəbl
dɪˈtɜːmɪn 
ˈɪntə(ː)pleɪ 
ʤɪˈnɛtɪk ˌpriːdɪspəˈzɪʃən
ˈʌpˌbrɪŋɪŋ
ˈpɜːsnl ˈkwɒlɪtiz 
ˌpɜːsɪˈvɪərəns
ˌməʊtɪˈveɪʃən
æθˈlɛtɪk rɪˈkwaɪəmənts
hænd aɪ kəʊˌɔːdɪˈneɪʃən
sju(ː)ˈpɪərɪə ˈspeɪʃəl sɛns
lɪŋˈgwɪstɪk ˈpraʊɪs 
ˈtælənt ədˈvɑːntɪʤ
ˈtɛknɪkəli skɪld ˈɑːtɪsts 
ˈlaɪflɪs
ˌʌnəˈrɪʤənl 
ʌnˈnəʊnz 
ɪnˈfɔːmz 
trænsˈleɪts 
səbˈʤɛktɪv
dɪˈfɪnɪtɪv əˈpreɪzəl 
ˈvæljuː
lɛt ʌs meɪk nəʊ mɪsˈteɪk
ˈhjuːmən ɪnˈdɛvəz 
nəʊ ɪkˈsɛpʃən
tɜːm 
ˈheɪzi 
nəʊ daʊt ɪn ˈpræktɪs 
ˈstɜːrɪŋ ˈmɑːstəpiːsɪz 
pʊt ɪn
tɔɪl əˈweɪ 
wɪˈðaʊt ˈmeɪkɪŋ mʌʧ ɒv ən ɪmˈprɛʃən 
ˈlɪrɪkəl gɪfts 
ˈmɛlədi 
ˈprɛznt 
ˈæmətə(ː)
ˈlaɪftaɪm 
riːʧ ðeə haɪts
dɪˈfaɪn
ˌθɛrəˈpjuːtɪk ˈvæljuː 
ˌjuːnɪˈvɜːsəl əˈpiːl 
prɪˈrɒgətɪv ɒv ðə ˈgɪftɪd

Vocabulary Practice

Remember and fill in the blanks:

Some believe that art ought to be l______________________________s while others believe anyone can make w_________________s. In my opinion, talent is a c__________________t but its l______________y does not make it any less c_________l.

Talent, particularly in a s__________________d such as art, is i______________e. It is impossible to d____________e the i____________y between talent and g___________________________n, u_______________g, p________________s like p____________________e, m____________n, luck, and practice. Research into sports has shown the importance of genetics but that is largely because of the a_________________s. Good h____________________________n, s____________________________e, and l______________________s may give one a t__________________________e in the arts but many t_________________________s produce l____________s, u_______________l art. There are simply too many u_______________s as to what i____________s talent and how this t______________s to s_____________e works to make a d__________________l of its v______e.

However, l_____________________e: talent is important for all h___________________s and art is n___________________n. The t_____m itself may be hazy but there is n____________________e that certain individuals can create s__________________s and others cannot, regardless of how much hard work they p________n. A good example of this would be in music. Some bands and artists t____________y for years w_________________________________n while others, like the Beatles and Mozart, were successful from a very young age. John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s l____________s and understanding of m__________y were p_____________t for them in their early 20s and few other individuals, professional or a____________r, in their entire l_____________e have had the talent to r________________s.

In conclusion, though it is difficult to d_________e, good art requires talent. There is t____________________e for amateurs but great art with u___________________l is the p_________________________d.

Listen and check:

Listening Practice

Listen to Ronaldo’s opinion below:

Reading Practice

Become more cultured here:

https://artsandculture.google.com/

Speaking Practice

Answer with the following related speaking topics from the real exam:

Music

Do you like music?

Which types of music do you like?

Would you like to learn a musical instrument?

Do you prefer listening to music by yourself or with someone else?

Writing Practice

Write about the following topic and then check with my sample answer:

Many people believe that film is a less important art than other forms such as literature and painting.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Real IELTS Exam/Test

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