IELTS Energy 112: 5 Artsy Idioms for Museum Questions on the IELTS Speaking Test

IELTS Speaking topic art and museumsAre you ready for the IELTS Speaking test?

You can prepare by knowing what the specific Speaking topics are and selecting two to three idioms that you will use if you get those common questions.

If you use idioms on your Speaking test you can dramatically increase your vocabulary score.

We have already shown you how to use work idioms, happiness idioms and party idioms and today we’ll show you some great idioms to use if you get a question about museums or art.

If you can throw these idioms in at the beginning in Speaking Part 1 to give an immediate positive impression and then at the end in Speaking Part 3 you will be sure to get an increased vocabulary score.


Here are 5 art/museum idioms that you can use:

  • “A work of art”: Anything that could be considered art. This can include a song, a painting, or a photograph.
  • “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”: If you think something is beautiful then it’s beautiful. You could use this to talk about something that you like that other people don’t such as a painting or a piece of clothing, etc.
  •  “To paint a picture with words”: To describe something very clearly, specifically, and directly. To help someone envision something through words.  You can use this expression to describe what a great author does in your favorite book.
  • “A picture is worth a thousand words”: If you talk about photographs that you have taken this would be a great idiom to use.
  • “A starving artist”: The idea that if you follow what you love it’s not going to be easy, especially if you are working in a creative field such as painting, photography, writing, or music. This is a romantic notion in American culture.  A “starving artist” lives a life with minimal comforts to be able to do their creative work.

Remember, on the IELTS Speaking test you need to be as specific and descriptive as you can.

Check out these articles to learn how to describe someone with integrity and how to describe someone’s temperament.

Now, practice using these idioms in a sentence and leave your sentence in the comments below.

Do you have any questions from today’s episode?

Have you visited a museum as part of your IELTS preparation?

Let us know about your experience in the comments below.

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  • Rosemary Nnabuike

    1,Last summer i took lots of pictures that are worth a thousand words.
    2,The ability to paint a picture of death scenes with words,is basically why I am ardent fan of James Petterson.
    3.I couldn’t help but fathom how beautiful she could be,when my brother described his prospective wife as a work of art.On meeting her,all i can say to you is that beauty is on the eyes of the beholder.
    4,Is only when you read his biography,then canyou appreciate what he went through as a struggling artist.