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

Main Duties

Painters, sculptors and other visual artists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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.

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.

All 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
  • artist, plastic arts
  • artist, visual arts
  • artistic painter
  • artistic printmaker
  • charcoal artist
  • clay modeller
  • decorations painter – visual arts
  • etcher – visual arts
  • ice sculptor
  • ink sketcher
  • Inuit art sculptor
  • landscape artist, murals
  • landscape painter
  • lithographic artist
  • maritime art painter
  • mural landscape artist
  • mural painter
  • oil painter
  • painter – visual arts
  • plastic arts artist
  • portrait painter
  • printmaker – visual arts
  • printmaking teacher
  • scenery painter
  • scenic painter – visual arts
  • sculptor
  • sculptor, metal
  • sculptor, monuments
  • sculptor, wood
  • sculptor-modeller
  • sculpture teacher (except primary, secondary, post-secondary education)
  • sculpturing teacher (except primary, secondary, post-secondary education)
  • silhouette artist
  • silkscreen artist
  • teacher, painting
  • teacher, printmaking
  • teacher, sculpturing (except primary, secondary, post-secondary education)
  • video artist
  • visual arts teacher (except primary, secondary, post-secondary education)
  • watercolourist
  • wood block artist
  • wood sculptor


  • Artisans and craftspersons (5244)
  • Art teachers (in 4011, 4021, 4031, 4032 – university, post-secondary, secondary and elementary education)
  • Graphic designers and illustrators (5241)


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