Painters, Sculptors, and Other Visual Artists

(NOC 5136)

in All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

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. Art instructors teach their students how to develop their technical skills and express themselves artistically through drawing, sculpting, painting, and other means of visual expression.

Job Outlook

Limited

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  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 50 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 735 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “limited”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is below average when compared with other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. However, jobseekers may face some competition for those positions. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, which will provide additional opportunities for employment (yet overall job prospects are still considered limited). With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Painters, Sculptors, and Other Visual Artists may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common.

The median employment income for 34% of Painters, Sculptors, and Other Visual Artists who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $8,536. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$8,165

Median

$35,213

Maximum

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

Hourly Pay

$10.81

Minimum

$16.00

Median

$31.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$945

Minimum

$11,712

Median

$60,447

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

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. Art instructors teach their students how to develop their technical skills and express themselves artistically through drawing, sculpting, painting, and other means of visual expression.

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.

Sample job titles

  • art instructor
  • artist
  • lithographic artist
  • painter - visual arts
  • printmaker - visual arts
  • sculptor
  • silkscreen artist
  • video artist
  • watercolourist
  • wood sculptor

Skills

To work in these fields, you should be dedicated, motivated, and willing to accept constructive criticism. Talent, creativity, and technical skills are essential. You must be comfortable working with others. Self- discipline and a good business sense are also helpful.

Job requirements

  • 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.

Other considerations

Most people in these jobs are self-employed. Many work part-time, or full-time, but for only part of the year. Many factors can affect an individual's earnings in these jobs. Therefore, incomes will likely vary greatly throughout the year and from one year to the next. Many people find it necessary to work at other jobs to supplement their income. Art programs are offered at universities, colleges and private art schools. Creative ability and talent, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, and knowledge of the safe use of materials, tools, and equipment are required. Some painters, sculptors, and visual artists are employed as teachers.

By the numbers

Quick look

585

employed in 2016

59.6%

employed full-time

73.5%

self employed

63.1%
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36.9%
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53.5

median age

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

11,000

employed in 2016

59.4%

employed full-time

33.3%

self employed

55.6%
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44.4%
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38.2

median age

Where will I likely work?

51.0%

Halifax

19.1%

Southern

12.1%

Annapolis Valley

10.8%

Northern

6.4%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

70.3%

Information, Culture & Recreation

7.6%

Educational Services

7.6%

Retail Trade

2.5%

Other Industries

1.7%

Computer System Design Services

What is the age of Employment?

33.3%

55-64

31.1%

45-54

15.6%

65+

13.3%

35-44

4.4%

15-24

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

43.8%

35-44

35.4%

45-54

12.5%

25-34

8.3%

55-64

4.2%

65+

Top levels of education

30.8%

Bachelor's degree

$8,647 median annual income
26.7%

High school

$6,462 median annual income
23.3%

College certificate or diploma

N/A
7.5%

Doctorate

N/A
5.8%

Less than high school

N/A

Compared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

27.5%

Bachelor's degree

$19,705 median annual income
26.2%

High school

$7,127 median annual income
20.3%

College certificate or diploma

$20,158 median annual income
10.2%

Less than high school

$2,298 median annual income
8.0%

Master's degree

N/A

Education & training

Art/art studies - General

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on the introductory study and appreciation of the visual arts. These programs include courses in art, photography, and other visual communications media.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

NSCAD University

5163 Duke Street

Halifax, NS B3J 3J6

(902) 444-9600

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Ceramic arts and ceramics

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by producing art works out of clay and similar materials. These programs include courses in hand-built and wheel-thrown techniques; moulding; slips and glazes; trimming and decorating; firing and kiln operation; oxidation; mixed media; ceramic murals; and personal style development.

Institutions providing this program

NSCAD University

5163 Duke Street

Halifax, NS B3J 3J6

(902) 444-9600

Design and visual communications - General

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program in the applied visual arts that focuses on the general principles and techniques for effectively communicating ideas and information, and packaging products, in digital and other formats to business and consumer audiences, and that prepares individuals in any of the applied art media.

Institutions providing this program

NSCAD University

5163 Duke Street

Halifax, NS B3J 3J6

(902) 444-9600

Drawing

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions through representation by lines made on a surface. These programs include courses in eye-hand coordination; line, value, shape, and perspective; figure and still life drawing; the use of media such as pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, pastel, and brush; and personal style development.

Institutions providing this program

NSCAD University

5163 Duke Street

Halifax, NS B3J 3J6

(902) 444-9600

Fine/studio arts - General

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to generally function as creative artists in the visual and plastic media. These programs include courses in the traditional fine arts media (drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, CAD/CAM) and/or modern media (ceramics, textiles, intermedia, photography, digital images); theory of art; colour theory; composition and perspective; anatomy; the techniques and procedures for maintaining equipment and managing a studio; and art portfolio marketing.

Institutions providing this program

NSCAD University

5163 Duke Street

Halifax, NS B3J 3J6

(902) 444-9600

Metal and jewellery arts

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by fashioning art works from gems, other stones, and precious metals. These programs include courses in gemology; metalsmithing and finishing; stone cutting and polishing; metal and non-metal casting and moulding; electroforming; metal colouring; enamelling; photo etching; lapidary technique and art; design concepts; and personal style development.

Institutions providing this program

NSCAD University

5163 Duke Street

Halifax, NS B3J 3J6

(902) 444-9600

Visual and performing arts - General

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any general, undifferentiated program that focuses on the visual and performing arts and that prepares individuals in any of the visual artistic media or performing disciplines.

Institutions providing this program

NSCAD University

5163 Duke Street

Halifax, NS B3J 3J6

(902) 444-9600

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
PO Box 2262
Halifax, NS B3J 3C8
Tel: (902) 424-5280
Fax: (902) 424-7359
Visual Arts Nova Scotia
1113 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7
Tel: (902) 423-4694
Fax: (902) 422-0881
Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council
1113 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7
Tel: (902) 423-3837
Fax: (902) 422-0881

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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