When purchasing an easel, consider its intended use, its space and storage
requirements, and its cost. Wooden easels are more sturdy and stable
than aluminum easels, but they are generally more expensive. The
right artist easel will offer a stable base on which to work and make a
difference in both work habits and posture. The right presentation
easel will help you present your proposal by letting you stand directly
in front of your audience. Display easels make any exhibit more
appealing, and a correctly sized children's easel allows children to draw
or paint on their level. Read the following tips and questions
before beginning your easel shopping. The suppliers listed on this
page offer a broad range of easels, as well as related items such as
drafting tables and art supplies.
Artist easels may be designed as follows:
A-frame easels are traditional A-shaped easels.
H-frame easels are stable, H-shaped easels. They may be
French easels are folding box easels. They are good for
outdoor field use with their storage space and carry straps. A
French easel is an all-in-one sketchbox, easel, and canvas carrier.
Table easels are used for smaller size paintings. They work
well for artists who sit while painting.
Studio easels are large, sturdy easels made of wood or
aluminum. Heavier ones may have wheels.
When purchasing an artist easel, ask yourself the following questions: