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5136 – Painters, sculptors and other visual artists

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


Example titles

  • Art teacher (except primary, secondary and post-secondary education)
  • Artist
  • Artistic painter
  • Portrait painter
  • Sculptor
  • Silkscreen artist
  • Watercolourist

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Create drawings, paintings and other artwork using oils, pastels, watercolours, charcoal, ink and other media.
  • 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.

Employment requirements

  • Creative ability and talent, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, and knowledge of the safe use of materials, tools and equipment are required. Art programs are offered at universities, colleges and private art schools.
  • A college diploma in fine arts techniques may be required.
  • Art instructors and teachers may be required to have a university degree or college diploma in a field related to art.

Additional information


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport
Skill level
A – Occupations usually require university education.
Major group
51 – Professional occupations in art and culture
Minor group
513 – Creative and performing artists
Associated Career Handbook profiles
5136.1 – Painters 5136.2 – Sculptors 5136.3 – Art instructors and teachers
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