CHOOSING THE RIGHT EASEL
An easel is more than merely a stand or a way to display presentation material; it's an investment that you'll utilize repeatedly and ponder why you never picked up before now. Choosing the correct easel for your needs can be a daunting task at first. Things to take into consideration when getting started are:The types of materials you'll be using with your easel
Who will be using your easel and how frequently you'll moving
Adjusting and tweaking various displays on your easel
The Most Common Types of Easels:
Artist Easel- Typically are fully adjustable to accommodate for the different angles that artists need. Most have built-in anti-skid plates on the feet to prevent sliding. They are collapsible and overall very slim in stature to fit in small spaces around the studio.
Paint Station- Geared toward the artist that does and needs it all. These are usually equipped with various holsters, slots and supporting platforms to accommodate for buckets, brushes and canvas styles. Most of the components can be broken down for easy cleaning and storage.
Children's Easel- Made to withstand the punishment most children are notorious for dishing out. Typically shorter than standard easels and usually come equipped with dry erase boards and/or chalkboards attached.
Display Easel- These are for display purposes and to add to the overall feel and appreciation of your finest work. Available in various decorative designs.
The Size of Easels:
Depending on the amount of space you have, it will determine which easel you should purchase. We recommend measuring your exact work space and starting from there. You might be surprised at how small or large an easel can be and it is important to map out how large you want your model to be.Materials:
Wood- Most easels and traditional easels are constructed of wood and come in a finish of your choice. As with all easels, they should be handled with care and transported safely to prevent cracking and other potential damage.
Metal- Metal easels are usually made from brass or aluminum and typically accent the work more specifically than a standard wood easel. Often, metal easels are more durable than wood easels but are more difficult to maneuver and transport.