There are a lot of different types of art! There’s dance, and there is sculpture. There is painting, and there is music. For every piece of art there is a creator or group of creators, and those are the artists. When most people think about artists, they think about visual artists. These are the people who paint, draw, sculpt, carve, photograph, and build the creative displays you might see in an art museum or even hanging in your home.
Anyone can be an artist. It just takes some time to put creative energy into a project. It is not always a full time job. Many artists have other jobs, and they use the money they make to pay for their art supplies and shows. Many artists’ works are not even appreciated while the artist is alive. Vincent van Gogh is recognized as a famous painter today, but he only sold one painting while he was alive!
Some living artists are successful too. Thomas Kinkade is a very good example of that. Many homes have a print of his paintings hanging up somewhere. Most artists do not create because it makes them rich. They do it because they love what they do.