Artist Kaitoi

Artists turn creative ideas into works of art using media such as paint, digital resources, fabric and feathers, clay, stone and wood.

Artists may do some or all of the following:

  • research designs for artwork
  • discuss clients' requirements (if working on a commission piece)
  • choose methods and materials such as paint, canvas, wood or stone
  • produce drawings, prints, paintings, sculptures, carvings or other art forms
  • display artworks for show and sale
  • liaise with clients, gallery owners and patrons
  • arrange exhibition space and advertising for shows
  • promote artwork on social media. 

Useful Experience

Useful experience for artists includes:

  • design work or art courses
  • work as an art gallery assistant
  • work on community projects such as mural painting
  • work in an art supply shop
  • marketing or sales. 

Personal Qualities

Artists need to be:

  • creative and imaginative
  • observant, with an eye for detail
  • patient, motivated and disciplined
  • confident and able to accept criticism
  • good communicators and networkers
  • good at managing their time.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for artists includes:

  • design work or art courses
  • work as an art gallery assistant
  • work on community projects such as mural painting
  • work in an art supply shop
  • marketing or sales. 

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become an artist. However, art, art history, graphics, photography, English and maths are useful. 

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. However, you may be able to get special entry into a programme without the usual qualifications if you have a portfolio showing the quality of your work.

With further training, artists may progress to other jobs such as animator/digital artist, graphic designer or set designer.

Artists may specialise in:

  • carving
  • craft work
  • painting
  • performance art
  • pottery or ceramics
  • textiles
  • sculpting
  • weaving.
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