Art enriches our lives, providing beauty and delight that we often take
for granted. Fine art artists are skilled in translating ideas,
thoughts, and feelings into tangible form using a variety of media and
techniques, and are responsible for creating much of the art we enjoy
every day. Fine art artists include painters, sculptors,
illustrators, sketch artists, cartoonists, print makers, and art
restorers. Fine art artists use oils, watercolors, acrylics,
pastels, pencils, pen and ink, clay, plasters, and other materials, and
often display their work in museums, art galleries, commercial
collections, and private homes. Many fine art artists sell their
work through dealers or private art galleries, although some may be
commissioned by clients. Fine art artists may work in commercial
art studios or private home studios. Some may work as art critics
or consultants, or teach art classes or workshops.
Although formal schooling is not required, many fine artists choose to
obtain a bachelor's or master's degree in fine arts to develop their
skill and gain credibility. Some choose to freelance part time to
become established in their careers while they work another job, and
advance professionally as their reputation and portfolio grows.
Those who wish to teach fine arts in the public school system must also
obtain a teaching certificate, and government or foundation management
positions typically required an advanced fine arts degree.
Competition for full time fine arts jobs is expected to be keen, but most
dedicated fine art artists find a way to continually incorporate art into
their lives, whether professionally or personally, for the benefit and
enjoyment of others and themselves.
For more information about artist careers and educational programs, visit
the National Association of Schools of Art and Design website.
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