Painters, sculptors and other visual artists (NOC 5136)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

Painters, sculptors and other visual artists:

  • create original paintings, drawings, sculptures, engravings and other artistic works
  • are usually self-employed

This group also includes art instructors and teachers, who are usually employed by art schools.

Common job titles
  • artist - visual arts / video / multimedia
  • artist, lithographic / printmaker
  • painter
  • sculptor
  • sculptor-modeller
  • teacher / instructor, art



  • 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 perform some or all of the following duties:

  • teach students the techniques and methods of drawing, painting, sculpting and other forms of artistic expression

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings that include various weather and temperature conditions.
  • Working with machinery, instruments or power tools may be a source of injury.
  • Flying particles in the workplace may also pose a risk of injury.
  • Non-poisonous airborne particles such as textile dust, flour, sand, sawdust and feathers may also be present.
  • The workplace may contain strong or toxic odours.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

At this time, career path information is not available for this occupation.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.