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Painters, Sculptors, and Other Visual Artists

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NOC:5136
Occupation:Painters, Sculptors, and Other Visual Artists
Category:Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport

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.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Limited

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)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Painters, Sculptors, and Other Visual Artists585Strong growth50Low
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum: $-1,891
Median: $8,165
Maximum: $35,213
Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport11,000Moderate growth735Moderate
Minimum: $10.81
Median: $16.00
Maximum: $31.00
Minimum: $945
Median: $11,712
Maximum: $60,447
Painters, Sculptors, and Other Visual ArtistsCompared to: Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
Percent employed full-time60%59%
Percent self-employed0%33%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentPainters, Sculptors, and Other Visual ArtistsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern19%$7,72112%$30,581
Northern11%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton6%x13%$32,974
Halifax51%$10,56747%$41,209
Annapolis Valley12%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgePainters, Sculptors, and Other Visual ArtistsCompared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% Employed% Employed
15-244%N/A
25-34x13%
35-4413%44%
45-5431%35%
55-6433%8%
65+16%4%
Median Age5438
GenderPainters, Sculptors, and Other Visual ArtistsCompared to: Occupations in Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% Employed% Employed
Female63%56%
Male37%44%
EducationPainters, Sculptors, and Other Visual ArtistsCompared to: All Arts, Culture, Recreation and Sport
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school5.8%x10.2%$2,298
High school26.7%$6,46226.2%$7,127
Trades certificate3.3%x3.6%$13,575
College certificate or diploma23.3%x20.3%$20,158
University certificate or diplomaxx1.7%$20,801
Bachelor's degree30.8%$8,64727.5%$19,705
University advanced certificate or diplomaxx1.5%$18,274
Master's degreexx8.0%x
Doctorate7.5%x1.0%$30,975
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry1.7%x0.1%$11,741
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
PO Box 2262
Halifax, NS B3J 3C8
Tel: (902) 424-5280
Fax: (902) 424-7359
info.desk@novascotia.ca
Visual Arts Nova Scotia
1113 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7
Tel: (902) 423-4694
Fax: (902) 422-0881
vans@visualarts.ns.ca
Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council
1113 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7
Tel: (902) 423-3837
Fax: (902) 422-0881
office@nsdcc.ns.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Art/art studies - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
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.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
NSCAD University
5163 Duke Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3J6
(902) 444-9600
admissions@nscad.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Program Name:Ceramic arts and ceramics
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
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.
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NSCAD University
5163 Duke Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3J6
(902) 444-9600
admissions@nscad.ca
Program Name:Design and visual communications - General
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
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.
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NSCAD University
5163 Duke Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3J6
(902) 444-9600
admissions@nscad.ca
Program Name:Drawing
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
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.
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NSCAD University
5163 Duke Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3J6
(902) 444-9600
admissions@nscad.ca
Program Name:Fine/studio arts - General
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
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.
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NSCAD University
5163 Duke Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3J6
(902) 444-9600
admissions@nscad.ca
Program Name:Metal and jewellery arts
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
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.
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NSCAD University
5163 Duke Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3J6
(902) 444-9600
admissions@nscad.ca
Program Name:Visual and performing arts - General
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
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.
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NSCAD University
5163 Duke Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3J6
(902) 444-9600
admissions@nscad.ca
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