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Painters, sculptors and other visual artists

National Occupation Code (NOC): 5136

Painters, sculptors and other visual artists create original paintings, drawings, sculptures, engravings and other artistic works. They are usually self-employed. This group also includes art instructors and teachers, who are usually employed by art schools.

Job Duties for Painters, sculptors and other visual artists

Painters
  • Create drawings, paintings and other artwork using oils, pastels, watercolours, charcoal, ink and other media.
Sculptors
  • Create sculptures, statues and other three-dimensional artwork by shaping, carving and working with materials such as clay, ice, paper, stone, wood or metal.
Art instructors and teachers
  • Teach students the techniques and methods of drawing, painting, sculpting and other forms of artistic expression.

Working Conditions for Painters, sculptors and other visual artists

Work is performed in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings that include various weather and temperature conditions. Safety measures are usually in place to prevent injury from machinery, instruments, power tools, and airborne particles.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Animal Art Painter
  • Animal Art Sculptor
  • Art Instructor
  • Art Instructor (except Primary, Secondary, Post-secondary Education)
  • Art Teacher (except Primary, Secondary And Post-secondary Education)
  • Artist
  • Artistic Painter
  • Artistic Printmaker
  • Charcoal Artist
  • Clay Modeller
  • Decorations Painter - Visual Arts
  • Etcher - Visual Arts
  • Ice Sculptor
  • Ink Sketcher
  • Inuit Art Sculptor
  • Landscape Painter
  • Lithographic Artist
  • Maritime Art Painter
  • Metal Sculptor
  • Monument Sculptor
  • Mural Landscape Artist
  • Mural Painter
  • Oil Painter
  • Painter - Visual Arts
  • Painting Teacher
  • Plastic Arts Artist
  • Portrait Painter
  • Printmaker - Visual Arts
  • Printmaking Teacher
  • Scenery Painter
  • Scenic Painter - Visual Arts
  • Sculptor
  • Sculptor-modeller
  • Sculpture Teacher (except Primary, Secondary, Post-secondary Education)
  • Sculpturing Teacher (except Primary, Secondary, Post-secondary Education)
  • Silhouette Artist
  • Silkscreen Artist
  • Video Artist
  • Visual Arts Artist
  • Visual Arts Teacher (except Primary, Secondary, Post-secondary Education)
  • Watercolourist
  • Wood Block Artist
  • Wood Sculptor
  • Art Teacher (except Primary, Secondary And Post-secondary Education)
  • Artist
  • Artistic Painter
  • Portrait Painter
  • Sculptor
  • Silkscreen Artist
  • Watercolourist