The painter extraordinaire aspiration is one of the base game aspirations for your sim to choose from. It’s a great aspiration that works you through painting and makes sure that you’re crafting high quality work.

This aspiration is all about being creative and is an awesome way to make money while working through it by selling your paintings.

Sims 4 render of three sims painting

Traits That Help With The Painter Extraordinaire Aspiration


The creative trait is going to give sims random inspired moodlets and they’ll be inspired more often than a regular sim. This will help them gain their painting skill more quickly and can help them craft better quality works of art.


A sim who has the perfectionist trait is going to take a little longer to finish their paintings but they are going to be higher quality more often so this is a good one to finish this aspiration.

Creative Visionary Reward Store Trait

Throughout this aspiration, your sim is going to need to make some high quality art and this can take some time. If you have enough satisfaction points your sim can purchase the creative visionary reward store trait that will make them create higher quality work more often.

Reward Trait for the Painter Extraordinaire Aspiration

When your sim finishes the painter extraordinaire aspiration they will be given the expressionistic reward trait. This allows your sim to always create emotional work without having to be feeling that emotion.

This can be helpful for having emotional paintings around your sim’s home for when you want them to feel a specific type of way. However, having this ability won’t do too much for your sim long term.

Stages of the Aspiration

Level One: III at Easel

  • Paint for 5 Hours
  • Start 3 Paintings While Inspired

Becoming inspired with your sim is rather easy, and can be done easily by taking a thoughtful shower. Then you just need to start 3 paintings, not complete them while feeling inspired.

Chances are your sim won’t make it through all 3 paintings before the inspired moodlet goes away, but they can take another thoughtful shower and start another.

You could also get inspired in other ways, we have a guide to emotions that will tell you how to get your sim feeling all the different emotions!

Level Two: Fine Artist

  • Reach Painting Level 4
  • Sell 3 Paintings to Collectors or the Art Gallery
  • Complete 3 Emotional Paintings

The first part, to reach painting level 4 is self explanatory. Just keep painting and your sim will get there in no time.

Next, when your sim finishes a painting you can click on it and choose to sell it. If you’re part of the painter career you’ll unlock both the collector and the art gallery option. However, you only need one available so this isn’t necessary.

Finally, you need to complete 3 emotional paintings. Emotional paintings include things like flirty paintings, sad paintings, angry paintings, etc.

You can get your sim to take a steamy shower to get flirty, get them to ponder moves on the chess table to get focused for a focused painting, etc. You can create the same type of painting over and over you just need to create it 3 separate times.

Level Three: Brushing with Greatness

  • Reach Painting Level 6
  • Complete 10 Excellent Paintings
  • View or Admire 3 Paintings at a Museum

Your sim now needs to focus on the quality of their paintings. They will naturally create better paintings as they level up their painting skill.

You can purchase the creative visionary reward store trait with the different satisfaction points your sim has gotten so far! This reward trait is going to make your sim more likely to create higher quality paintings!

When you’re at level 6 or higher of the painting skill, chances are your sim will be creating mostly excellent paintings anyway, so this shouldn’t take long. Plus, you can sell the paintings and make all that money.

To view or admire paintings at the museum, you just need to head over to the museum and click on different pieces of art and choose view. Your sim will stand in front of the paintings for a few minutes, then move on to the next one.

Level Four: Painter Extraordinaire

  • Reach Painting Level 10
  • Complete 5 Masterpieces

Reaching painting level 10 is pretty easy if you’re constantly working on paintings, but creating masterpieces can take a bit of time.

You should make sure that your sim is feeling inspired, their needs are high, and they have a high painting skill. This should get your sim to create masterpieces often!

If you’re working through the painter career, you can get awesome career bonuses that can help you create higher quality paintings. There are easel unlocks in both branches that can be seriously helpful to this aspiration.

Final Thoughts

Are you ready for your sim to become a painter extraordinaire? I bet they’re ready! Let us know in the comments below how you feel about this aspiration.