53122 – Painters, sculptors and other visual artists

Broad Occupation Category

5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport


3 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of less than two years; or more than six months of on-the-job training

Major Group

53 – Occupations in art, culture and sport

Broad Occupation Category

531 – Occupations in art and culture

Broad Occupation Category

5312 – Occupations in creative and performing art

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.

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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.