You learned from a member of your family.

Describe something useful you learned from a member of your family.
You Should Say:

  • What you learned?
  • How this became useful later in your life?
  • Have you taught it to someone?

and explain why it was important for you.

Sample Answer :

I grew up in a small family with 4 members. They are my mother, father, my sister and our dog named Oreo. Because we were so less in number, I got to observe them very closely and I had the opportunity to learn many good things and values from them and it is in fact natural that a kid would learn things from his/her family members.

I picked up strong determination from my mother, reading and artistic abilities from my father, understanding and compassion from my sister and lot of adorable tactics from my dog. I have learned how to handle head-end stress and bad times from my parents. I learnt a lot of things from them, not that other things I learned from other family members are of less importance, but the values that I learned from my parents are different and have had a long lasting impression on me till date.

I find my dad very charming, caring and he holds a great personality and aura. He has been a voracious reader and because of that, he is more learned and wise than people of his age. Initially, I thought that how could he know so much? Over the time I became close to him because of my fascination with stories, and he used to often help me with my studies. He started inspiring me to read novels and books other than my academic ones. He read me stories  with vivid audio change and with a lot of verbal exaggeration and that helped me grow an interest towards books.

I am grateful to him that he so painstakingly explained different topics and help me grow good as a person. Because of his contribution, I have started reading books of different genres whenever I get time which I think is a better investment than spending time idly.

I have carried ahead with passing on this legacy of inspiring the young family members and cousins to read books, I often read them stories which would be interesting to them and give them sweets, candies, ice-cream as a reward on completing the story.

Follow-up Questions:

Q1. Why should we learn from others?
Ans. As a matter of fact we are individuals and everyone of us is different. This gives us ground for learning a lot of new things. It gives us the opportunity to identify our own strengths and accordingly work on the weaknesses. It helps us grow as a human being.

Q2. What are the importance of having friends?
Ans. Friends play a very important role in our lives. They help us to be strong and stay motivated when times are bad. They stand as a never ending support in our lives. I think one should always value friends.


Describe an art/craft activity that you had had at school

Describe an art/craft activity that you had had at school.
You should say:

  • What did you make?
  • When did you make it?
  • How did you make it?

And what were your reactions then.

Sample Answer :

Art and craft constitute the aesthetic aspects of our environment and plays a vital role in spurring the creativity of human beings. It adds an element of beauty in our lives which becomes a source of inspiration and appreciation. For instance, Taj mahal is a marvellous monument of art, which holds a special significance in the hearts of people all around the world. These activities of art and craft are learnt and practiced since an early age and mastered over a period of time. We have a dedicated department of art and craft in our school, that involves the use of several materials like wood, paper, mud etc. to create objects of aesthetic importance. The school conducts competition in art and craft every year, where students exhibit their diversified talents and carve out various objects by using different materials. When I was in tenth standard, I took part in this competition and designed a rectangular wooden box.

I was actively practicing my woodcraft skills, since when I was in eighth standard. Therefore, by the time I took part in competition, I was well averse with all the techniques and specifications involved in woodcraft. I always had a desire to make a wooden box for my little sister, as she frequently complained to me, of the lack of storage space for her things and belongings. Since I was a novice in fixing clips and bolts in the wood initially, it took me some time to learn that. It was in this competition, that I carved out a perfectly smooth finished box affixed with bolts, by my shovel and razor.

At the end of the day, everyone submitted his piece of art to the judges, who announced the results shortly after an hour. Although I was feeling very good about my creation and was quite confident of a rank among the first three, but announcement of my name as the first winner simply turned me mad with joy and delight. Soon after, I rushed to my home screaming with joy; laden with my artefact and trophy of winner. I informed my sister about the event and presented her the box. I was extremely satisfied and happy with my gift to the sister, which I created on my own.

Aestheticrelated to beauty: Poetry constitute the aesthetic part of humans.
Follow-up Questions

Q. 1 What is the use of art and craft in our lives?

Sample Answer: As discussed, art and craft form the crucial aesthetic components in our lives. They are a result of our ever growing creativity and curiosity for novel beautiful creations. These artefacts not only bring delight in our lives by their beauty aspects but are also of immense utilities. For instance, a potter’s pot not only has aesthetic features but also finds its utilities in our homes.

Q. 2 Is there traditional art and culture in your country? What are they and what is the use of them?

Sample Answer: Definitely, we have a wide array of art and craft practiced in our country. We have the different region specific dance, music and craft in different parts of the country. While ceramic pottery and traditional puppetry is practised in Rajasthan, whereas silk sarees and sandalwood products form the craft emblem of south India. On one hand, Madhubani art, all with its natural colours, is taken up in eastern region of Bihar and Bengal while on the other, Mughal and Pahari art flourishes in northern regions. Traditional art and craft not only preserves the rich heritage and culture of our nation but it is also showcased in cosmopolitan fairs to spread the fame of our nation in distant lands. On a commercial scale, export of such traditional art and craft generates the revenue for our country.

Q. 3 Do you consider the depreciation of traditional art and craft with the passage of time? Why?

Sample Answer: Yes, indeed. There has been a significant decline in the extent and quality of art and culture with the passage of time. Traditional art and culture signify the antiquity and over the time, with the breakthroughs in the digital and machine technology, many forms of art have been translated in form of soft products. Designs on fabric, that were done by the skilled craftsmen, have now been replaced with those of them put by machines. Similarly, many handicrafts have, with time, been turned into synthetic crafts. Even the fine arts on canvas is gradually being replaced by sketches and designs created by the software programmes. Therefore, it is the rapid onset of technology that is responsible for the replacement of the skilled workforce and hence the depreciation in traditional art and culture.