National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 Version 1.3


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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.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • art teacher (except primary, secondary and post-secondary education)
    • artist
    • artistic painter
    • portrait painter
    • sculptor
    • silkscreen artist
    • watercolourist

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Art teachers - elementary school (See 4032 Elementary school and kindergarten teachers)
    • Art teachers - secondary school (See 4031 Secondary school teachers)
    • Artisans and craftspersons (See 5244 Artisans and craftspersons)
    • Fine arts professor - university (See 4011 University professors and lecturers)
    • Fine arts teacher - college level (See 4021 College and other vocational instructors)
    • Graphic designers and illustrators (See 5241 Graphic designers and illustrators)
  • 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.
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