IELTS Essay Ideas: Is Art a Waste of Time?

Art is a common topic to get in IELTS writing task 2. Below is a sample essay question with ideas.

While some people think that art if an important subject for children to study, others think it is a waste of time.

Discuss both sides and give your opinion.


Art is Useful

  • art is a means of expression
    • children need to learn to express their thoughts and feelings
    • it is often easier for young children to draw pictures than to express complex feelings in words
  • art is a creative form
    • creative thinking should be developed
    • creative thinking is beneficial later in life

Art is A Waste of Time

  • there are other more important subjects that would benefit children for their future life
    • the importance of technology, sciences and languages
  • studying art does not lead to a successful career
    • most artists struggle to make a living from selling their art


  • art is a valuable subject but should not be a main focus on any curriculum or detract from other more important subjects
    • having a balance of subjects is the best way to help children develop a balanced character in life


Essay Ideas: Littering in Cities


  1. Liz , i saw a post where you provided ideas for alot of topics , can you please tell me where can i find that as i have been looking for that everywhere on your page ??/

    • The post said that I am making an e-book of ideas for topics – it isn’t available yet.

      • hi liz, is that book available now. because i have to appear for exam on 2nd feb. I am nervous, and i dont know why, maybe reading is my greatest fear, as my scores are not consistent. Sometimes i get more than 35 and sometimes below 20. Kindly give an advice how to be more focused.

  2. Diana Georgieva says

    Many thanks to you Liz, I appreciate your excellent lessons and videos. I think they are the best of all. So useful and so professional! Thank you very much.

  3. Hello Liz,

    Would you tell me please what the word ‘art’ really means? is it craft or painting?

    (I asked this question anywhere else on your blog but can not locate now 🙁 )

    Thanks a lot for you help.

    • There are two words which you need to learn:
      1) The arts
      This relates to art and other skills which reflect human creativity and expression such as dancing, threatre, video making, design etc
      2) art
      This relates to painting, drawing and sculpting. It is usually something created with hands or brushes and involves an image or picture being formed. This is a general definition.

  4. Hi Liz, I’m from Venezuela but I’m living in Saudi Arabia. Although i use English at work I’m afraid to take the IELTS exam. I can’t afford to enroll a course. But i really want to have this IELTS certification. Could you please help me? im clueless, i dont know how to start this process.

  5. Many Thanks and Art is the best to express your thoughts and feelings.

  6. Shivani Dhingra says

    I am very thankful to u Liz for posting ur valuables emails…These mails really help us a lot

  7. Many thanks for all your efforts and cooperation, wishing you all the best.

  8. Lê Thị Bích Trâm says

    Thank you so much for your helping!

  9. Hi Liz,
    Thanks for your post am writing my academic Ielts next week and i require 7 in each band but am really struggling with reading especially True , false not given answers. and multiple choice questions. i am aslow reader . what can i do to improve.



  10. Dear liz thanks of you a lot by providing such exigent hints about IELTS writing task 2 . I am greatly thankful of you that you are struggling for our betterment in IELTS

  11. KHALID SHREEF says

    Thank you. I have to praise these fantastic ideas.

  12. Ms. Liz, thank you very much , received mail from you, taking lots of guidance which you written in your mail. i m not good in writing , reading , and listening part. kindly suggest how can increase my knowledge.
    lots of regards

  13. happy new year to you dear Liz
    I am very thankful to you for your useful posts which I practice in my academy

  14. thanks liz

  15. Minh Giang Nguyen Hoang says

    Thanks for your sharing, Liz. Happy new year!!

  16. Thank you so much Liz ..

  17. Thank you very much 🙂

  18. Otto Stach says

    Very helpful and important in my preparation.
    Thank you very much .
    I wish happy New Year.

  19. Thank you,dear Liz! Looking forward to reading your next post!

  20. Thank you Madam to help us

  21. I’ve been benefiting tremendously from your emails. More of it please, God will bless you beyond your imagination.
    Many thanks.
    Mathew from Nigeria

  22. Hi Liz,
    Thank you for the emails.happy new year!! It would be more helpful if u send like this in a daily base.

    Thank you

  23. Hiralkumar says

    Thanx liz
    Your post really helpful to us

  24. Great Thanks Liz for valuable emails. please make your emails on daily base

    Best Regards

  25. LIz,
    Thank you for your posts, actually, I do enjoy them fully
    If art is a waste of time?, art is what makes the world go by, I am an Spanish Spoken English Teacher, who lives in Uruguay,I do get involved in whatever , remote art courses for adults, which make me feel in Heaven
    By the way, I am currently doing one course for THE MOMA, which is excellent, demanding but challenging, we deal in turns with painters such as Frida Kalho,Diego Rivera, Pable Picasso,Vincent Van Gogh, Toulouse Lautrec and many other
    Thank you for your concern

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