Easels

EaselsArtists Easels Madison Art Shop has the widest selection of fine easels from the industry’s top manufacturers including BEST, Richeson, Jullian, SolTek, Klopfenstein, and many more. Our exceptional art easel collection boasts top-quality items, many available for half off the suggested retail price. This huge array of art easels, combined with Madison Art Shop’s incredible prices, ensure that any artist can find just what they are looking for!

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Best Selling Easels: The SOLTEK Easel | JULLIAN FRENCH EASEL w/ Free Carrying Bag (Backpack) | The Academy DULCE Easel

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Art Easels are our specialty. Browse our superior collection to find studio easels, table top easels, French easels, and many more available in wood, metal, and even the highly praised Lyptus wood. Although our top sellers include the SolTek easel, the Academy Dulce easel, and the BEST Classic Dulce easel, you’ll find other easels with great features like trays designed to catch pastel dust, supply drawers, and carrying cases for easy portability. We offer fast and affordable shipping options for easel and furniture orders to ensure the highest convenience for our customers.

TIPS ON EASEL SELECTION

Do I need an easel?


The choice to use an easel is completely up to the artist. Although some artists choose to work without one, many prefer the stability. Due to the wide range of models and artistic preferences, some artists even own several that specifically cater to various art forms. If you have never used an easel, it is advisable to test the waters first with an inexpensive model. Once you have an idea what features you would like, and you are comfortable using it, replace it with a higher quality easel that’ll last for years.


Some features to consider when buying an easel:

Support: Consider the weight of your canvas and whether your easel will be capable of keeping it steady. For instance, a flat base easel offers more stability for a wide canvas, but a three-legged easel is generally more versatile for a wider variety of canvas sizes. More emphatic painters who stab at the canvas should opt for the most stable models possible, or you may run the risk of pushing or breaking the easel.

Space: Where will you be using your easel? If you are working within the confines of limited space, you do not want to purchase a large easel. In addition, if your floor is uneven, an easel with a flat base will not function properly.

Adjustability: This allows you to work with a variety of canvas sizes. Some easels have adjustable canvas trays to meet the artist’s line of vision. Other models have an adjustable clamp that attaches the canvas to the easel for added support. Adjustable legs are another nice feature that allows you to work from various heights.

Portability: Do you plan to paint in different studios or outside? If you do not plan on keeping your easel in one place, consider the easel’s height and weight. You do not want to lug around a heavy, bulky easel (it might disrupt your creative mood). Some easels are even available with carrying bags for added convenience.

Wood or Metal?

This decision is entirely based on your personal preference. Easels constructed from plastic or other artificial materials exist, but they are generally avoided by artists. Most artists prefer wooden easels, because they are the most aesthetically pleasing and generally offer better support. For this reason, larger easels are generally made of wood.

Unfortunately, wooden easels are typically more expensive. Some artists prefer the modern, industrial look of aluminum easels, and other artists appreciate the light weight. They are easier to clean, more durable, and more portable than their wooden counterparts. Aluminum easels are best when used for small and medium works.


Tips for Painting on an Easel

Watercolor: should be held at an angle or completely horizontal to prevent the paint from running.
Pastels: often used on easels with a forward tilt option to allow excess dust to fall from the canvas.
Oil Paintings: tilt vertically or as close to vertical as possible to avoid dust getting trapped in the paint while it dries.
Acrylic: acrylic paint dries quickly, so you can paint at any angle that feels comfortable. Dust collection is not a concern.