NOC 5136 – Painters, sculptors and other visual artists


  • 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

Job 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.


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


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