Craftech Plein Air Easel

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Item Code: C-P-500

Mfg List: $169.00
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Craftech Plein Air Easel Model P-500 (FREE Shipping in the 48 states!)
New and Improved compact French-style plein air easel. This easel combines the tradition of French plein air easels with modern conveniences that will transform your artistic experience! It is a stylish easel that has been crafted with sophistication and class.

The P-500 plein air easel by Craftech is a redesigned French easel that is more lightweight, compact, and versatile than the traditional model of plein air easels. It accommodates oil, pastel, and watercolor painting. A flushed center mast with a lid makes watercolor painting an elegant experience.

Mobility is so easy with the high power magnetic catches that keep the easel legs secure and makes it a pleasure to set-up. Expanding workspace is great with two shelves that slide out – ample room for your palette, brush holders, and sketching materials. A roomy drawer is perfect for your paints.

The edges of your stretch canvas or canvas panel will be free to paint with great rubber bumpers that tightly grip your artwork.

Enjoy amenities such as a paper towel holder and a comfortable shoulder strap for carrying.

The Model P-500 Easel is constructed with a beautifully solid stained European Beech wood and a lacquered finish.

This makes a stunning gift – even when buying it for your own self!

Experience excellence in design, quality, and beauty that Monet himself would have appreciated!


  • Maximum Canvas Height: 24 ½ inches
  • Folded Dimensions: 22 x 13 x 5 ¾ inches
  • Weight: 11 lbs. Extra-Light!
  • When the legs are fully extended, the drawer is 33 inches high.
  • The bottom canvas holder can be raised to its highest height at 52 inches and the top canvas holder to 72 inches
  • Customer Reviews

    Product Reviews

    4.9 out of 5, Based on 18 Reviews.
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    flat rock, MI
    January 06, 2015

    Thank yu it's better thAn I thought the eas is fine. Tim medley
    Crafteck plain air easel
    October 02, 2014

    Bought this for plain air 4-day workshop. It is marvelous. Well made. A little heavy for me with all my other gear: but a good value . Will also use it indoors in my studio.
    Art store had it for $150.00!
    Craftech Plein Air Easel Model P-500
    September 25, 2014

    I got this for my daughter' birthday. She is taking art in college. She loved it. The quality is very good, and I think much nicer than most of the other ones out there. The wood is very smooth. It has a handy side table feature, and a rope with clips to hang a roll of paper towels with. I am very pleased with this purchase. 5 stars.
    plein air affordable easel
    mt. pleasant
    September 22, 2014

    the easel suits my needs and as a first outdoor easel works well. I needed one extra light and it is. the delivery was fast and the easel came in fine condition. thanks, Madison art co.
    Kennebunk, Maine
    August 29, 2014

    I was a little concerned about the low price of this easel, but the other reviewers seemed to think it was a good buy and I took a chance. Well, I think it is a great buy! The easel is handsome, well made, and well designed. I am extremely pleased with it.
    North Olmsted, Ohio
    August 15, 2013

    I am really happy with the Craftteck easel. It is lightweight and just what I hoped
    Lewisberry PA
    August 03, 2013

    Really nice easel. I am very pleased with it.
    March 01, 2013

    Love it . It is so easy to set up and is really nicely made.
    It is not too heavy either
    Ponte Vedra, FL
    July 24, 2012

    This little easel is just beautiful! I bought it to use outdoors for plein air, but it is so well made and finished that it actually looks like an expensive piece of furniture! I have set it up in my studio and began using it immediately. It has just the perfect work area and it has made a huge difference in my ability to work.
    Signal Mountain, TN
    July 09, 2012

    I love the design, it's just perfect. The company thought of everything. I can't wait to use it in the field. I highly recommend it.
    New York
    July 09, 2012

    I got this easel as a backup. I have not taken it out to use yet, but I have set it up at home, checked hardware, movable parts, etc. Nice finish, and I like the tray that comes with the easel. I might have to beef up the magnetic catches for the legs. They tend to loosen, but no big deal. A small modification. All in all, a good easel worth the price and received in good order. Thank you, Madison!
    Sandwich, IL
    July 01, 2012

    This easel is much nicer than the low price would indicate. I expect about two years out of any field easel before parts start to go, but this one I think will go longer. This is my 3rd french easel and 5th field easel.

    It is fitted out with decent, but not excessive hardware. The screws are counter-sunk and there is only one rivet on it. The smooth finish extends everywhere, not just on a few surfaces. All of the groove and rail things operate without a fight and were sanded and finished. All of these attributes lessen the amount of friction and abuse the easel gets during field use.

    I appreciate the little details like the rubber caps on the large bolt ends for the front legs, which means I'm not looking through the turf for spun off wing nuts. Set-up and tear-down of this easel is comparatively smooth because of the nicely finished wood and the properly sized and uniform knurled knobs. The smaller size means less awkward flipping and turning and ultimate dropping of the box while setting up. The magnetic leg-holds instantly grab perfectly with no protruding parts so there is less fumbling to secure the legs when you fold up. The smaller size makes for a drawer that is great for your workspace but not so spacious as to collect a bunch of stuff you have to unload when you switch mediums. The slide on shelf extending over both sides instead of a wood pallete is refreshing also.

    The only cons for me are lack of a lip on the canvas "tray" and the bumper system, but I'm adapting. These are small things weighed against the overall grace and usefulness of this little easel. This was an excellent purchase.

    Huntsville, Al
    May 17, 2012

    Seems like it would be hard to improve on something that has been used for a century. The in between size is perfect for me and the mast design and tray also. Well done. And, Madison's price was considerably less than any other I could find.
    los angeles, CA
    August 24, 2011

    I bought it for my husband as a birthday gift. it's so good and it's completely likes the photo.I checked many websites before buying it. if you compare the price with other places you'll understand the price is lower than its quality and its beautiful shape. we like it, and I recommend it undoubtedly.
    California, USA
    April 28, 2011

    OOPS! I just submitted a review for this product, but forgot to give it a "star" rating. I would give this 5 stars.
    California, USA
    April 28, 2011

    I've taken this easel out for plein air painting twice so far, and I'm very satisfied with my purchase.

    It takes the same amount of effort to set up as any other french easel, but it seems sturdier than most. Unlike other easels at this price point, it's made from beech, just like the more expensive Julian and Mabef models. The wood is beautifully finished and the drawer has dove-tail joints. One of the main reasons I choose the Craftech easel is the shelf that slides on to expand the workspace. I rest my Masterson palette box on it. If it didn't have this shelf, I would probably have had to spend extra money to buy a "handishelf" or a French mistress. The paper towel holder is a nice addition, too.

    Unlike most french easels, this one does not come with a palette. That's not a problem for me because I use a paper palette in a Masterson box. Nor is the drawer metal-lined. That wasn't a deal-breaker for me, either. I put my paints and brushes in my tote bag, along with my paper towels, solvent container, Liquin, palette box, trash bag, water bottle, lunch, etc. But the drawer is large enough that I could fit my paints and brushes in it if I wanted to. The drawer is larger than a half-drawer, yet the easel doesn't weigh much more than a half-drawer easel. That's a big point in its favor, as far as I'm concerned.

    One other difference between this easel and other french easels is the canvas holders. If you look closely at the picture, you'll see that this easel has plastic bumpers attached to the canves holders instead of grooves routed in the wood to hold a panel or a canvas. On the plus side, this does allow you to paint to the top and bottom edges of the panel. On the negative side, the bottom bumpers are too far apart to hold a smaller panel. So far I've worked on 11x14 panels, which fit just fine. But if I want to work on a panel that is less than 9 inches in width, I will have to jerryrig something. Craftech should have added two (shorter) bumpers inbetween to hold smaller panels. I'll probably get my husband to cut a piece of wood to rest on the bumpers when I want to use a smaller panel.

    All in all, I'm very satisfied with my purchase. I was a little nervous about buying a less expensive easel instead of spending big bucks and getting a Mabef. But the quality of the Craftech Plein Air easel was much higher than I would have expected for this price. I would definitely recommend this easel and I would recommend the Craftech brand. They put some thought and craftmanship into this instead of just making a cheap knockoff of a french easel. I would also order again from Madison Art. My easel arrived within days of ordering it.
    Boynton Beach, FL
    January 08, 2011

    This is a beautifully constructed easel. I received it on exactly the day they promised delivery. I haven't used it yet but I have set it up and the only puzzling part of the set up was the back leg on which there is a wing nut which must be loosened more than one would think in order to pull the leg out to a straightened position. I recommend this as well worth the money!
    Newburyport, MA
    September 29, 2010

    The Craftech Plein Air easel is nicely made and the finish is smooth which makes setup easier. It's a nice looking easel and is sturdy.
    Pros: plastic panel/canvas holders work great, the sliding parts, legs and panel holder, work easily, the side wing nuts have plastic protectors to keep them from coming off, having the panel flat against the back makes it sturdier, extra shelf for holding brushes is useful and has grooves which secure it to the extended drawer.
    cons: the plastic panel holders on the bottom are 13" apart which is too far apart for small panels.

    I use a Masterson plastic palette box which fits nicely on the extended drawer with the shelf installed. The paper towel holder is good but needs a longer string so it can be crossed over the towels to hold them in the wind.

    Be aware that the magnets hold the legs against the easel sides. This easel has the same number of screws to adjust as a regular French easel, advertising is misleading.

    I definitely recommend the Craftech Plein Air easel.