Careers in Painting

Talented painters that have refined their skills in art school often try to have their work displayed in art galleries and museums. Some artists may be successful in selling their paintings to private collectors or companies. At times, a painter may be commissioned to create specific pieces of art. Artists with a degree in fine art may also be hired by art museums and art galleries to restore and preserve masterpieces from other artists as well. This is a highly specialized field, however, and usually only the most talented artists will be chosen for this type of position. Individuals with painting or fine art degrees might also b

e hired by art museums as curators, archivists, and art directors.


Painting Requirements


1. Explain the proper safety procedures to follow when preparing surfaces and applying coatings.
2. Do the following:

(a) Explain three ways that coatings can improve a surface.
(b) Explain the differences between oil-based paints, acrylic-based paints, and water-based paints.
(c) Explain where you would apply enamel paint, flat paint, wood stain, and varnish, and explain the importance of sheen.
(d) Tell why each is best for these uses.
3. Prepare and paint two different surfaces using patching material, caulking, and the proper primers and topcoats. Suggested projects include an interior or exterior wall, a door, a piece of furniture, a concrete wall or floor, a porch rail, or a fence. Your counselor must preapprove the projects.
4. Prepare and paint an item using harmonizing colors that you have selected using the color wheel.
5. Show the right way to use, clean, maintain, and store painting equipment.
6. Explain the importance of ladder safety, environmental responsibility, and personal hygiene when painting.
7. Explain some of the environmental and health issues concerning removing paint, applying paint, and discarding old paint.
8. Find out about career opportunities in the paint industry. Discuss the training and experience required, and explain why this profession might interest you.