Easels

Easels 

Every artist needs a quality easel, no matter their preferred medium or level of experience. Shop our vast range of artist easels.
  • Portable Easels

    What is a Portable Easel?

    Portable art easels are artist easels that are designed to be carried around with you to work on site or at another studio or even at home. They are sometimes referred to as travel easels and are lightweight so that they are portable and easy to transport.

    Portable easels (sometimes referred to as field easels) are an essential tool for any artist, especially if you do a lot of your art outdoors. We are proud to deliver high-quality portable easels that can help you to reach your full potential.

    Whether you're a professional painter, or just starting out, you'll want to purchase a portable or field easel that is reliable and affordable. We have many different easels on offer so that you can find the right one to suit your needs, including both wooden and aluminium portable easels that are perfect for all sorts of projects. Our range includes field easels ideal for working outdoors, as well as compact portable easels that are easily stored if you're limited on studio space. Browse our extensive range of sturdy and e affordable asels from top brands like Daler-Rowney and Jakar. Shop online today.

  • Sketching Easels

    Every artist with an affinity for drawing or sketching needs a quality sketching easel to help them create their visual wonders. A sketching easel should be portable so that you can create art in the comfort of your studio or out in the field. Sketching easels should also be highly adjustable in order to accomodate a variety of paper, board and pad sizes, depending on the size of peice you are looking to create. Artists whose preferred medium is sketching thrive when using an easel like this. Shop our range of sketching easels to find the perfect companion for your next sketch.

  • Studio Easels

    We offer studio easels that are made to last and come in various designs to suit varying needs and tastes. Studio easels are ideal for artists who prefer to work within their studio set up and not out in the field. Our studio easels are made from high-quality wood, with many of them being handcrafted easels. Whether you prefer to create your masterpieces on an H-frame or an A-frame easel, you’ll have a variety to choose from with our range.

  • Table Easels

    If you prefer to be seated when painting then a table easel is the perfect solution. Tabletop easels are easy to set up and allow you to work on your artistic project while sat at a desk or table, which many artists find to be more comfortable. We sell branded products that are available at a great price, from leading manufacturers such as Royal & Langnickel and Daler-Rowney. With our range of table easels you can select the best kind of easel to suit your needs. Our table easels for artists are suitable for beginners as well as very experienced professionals. Shop online today.

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Whether you're a wonder with watercolours or an acrylic enthusiast, you’ll need a solid and affordable artist’s easel. When finding the perfect artist's easel, sturdiness is key, which is why we only supply stock from the best brands, including Daler-Rowney, Loxley and Jakar. Browse our range of studio easels and table easels, perfect for your day-to-day projects. Or, invest in a portable field easel for creating artwork on location. Our range includes professional artist easels and those suitable for beginners alike. Our selection of artist's easels will also suit a variety of canvas sizes, leaving you free to create art at a number of scales.

Whether you're a wonder with watercolours or an acrylic enthusiast, you’ll need a solid and affordable artist’s easel. When finding the perfect artist's easel, sturdiness is key, which is why we only supply stock from the best brands, including Daler-Rowney, Loxley and Jakar. Browse our range of studio easels and table easels, perfect for your day-to-day projects. Or, invest in a portable field easel for creating artwork on location. Our range includes professional artist easels and those suitable for beginners alike. Our selection of artist's easels will also suit a variety of canvas sizes, leaving you free to create art at a number of scales.

Artist's easels vary in cost and quality, and you'll find that our range has something to offer every artist, no matter budget, space or preference. No studio is complete without an artist's easel, whether you prefer the highly adjustable functions of a radial easel, a sturdy H-frame easel which will accommodate larger boards and canvases, or a compact field easel, there is something in our range for each and every artist.  Get stuck in and shop our range of affordable easels today - from professional artist’s easels fit for the best equipped studio, or portable easels perfect for students. 

For more information on how to paint on canvas, including tips on priming and the best paints to use, read our blog.

Main Types of Easel

The main types of easels for artists include portable easels, studio easels, table easels and sketching easels. There are many more names for easels but all main types can be divided into these categories.

We explain each of the main types of easels and which would be perfect for you;

  • Portable Easels - these are generally full length easels that fold easily and can be used if you are working outdoors or on-site.

  • Studio Easels - these come in a range of different sizes but are generally intended to stay in one studio and are not easily portable.

  • Table Easels - smaller easels intended to be placed on a table top, these are perfect if you are limited on space or prefer sketching and painting while seated.

  • Sketching Easels - these are a combination of portable and studio easels and are designed for people that prefer sketching to painting.

Do you need an easel to paint?

Easels are by no means a necessity when it comes to painting. If you feel more comfortable not using one, it is absolutely fine to paint however you want. However, it is worth trying one out to see how it feels. It may feel strange at first with your painting hand having no support, but as your painting is in a more upright position, your shoulders and arms are more free and can make your strokes bigger and more expressive. 

When you are drawing from life, an easel can be a great help. As you are not constantly looking up at your subject, your measurements and proportions can be more accurately worked out, helping you to create more realistic artwork.

 

How should an easel be set up?

There is no perfect position for an easel to be in. It is simply important that it feels comfortable for you. There are a few factors you should bear in mind when adjusting your easel. If you are drawing from life, make sure that your easel is angled so that you have a good view of your subject. The height and the angle at which your surface is sitting are both factors entirely up to you and what is comfortable whilst you work. Don’t forget to use your clamps to keep your surface still as you paint to give you the desired finish.

 

What are the best easels?

The best easel for you will depend on your materials and your personal preferences. Cowling & Wilcox have a great selection, below are some excellent options from our range or brands:

  • Cowling & Wilcox: Our own range of easels offer a professional-looking affordable option. We have easels for every purpose so that you can find the right one for you. 

  • Daler-Rowney: The different ranges offered by Daley-Rowney mean that whatever medium you use to paint, you can find your perfect match. Whether you’re just starting to use an easel or you’re a seasoned professional looking to freshen up your studio, you’re sure to find a quality easel from Daler-Rowney.

  • Jakar: These super light-weight aluminium easels are super easy to transport and set up. Whilst they offer no tilt, they make great field easels for painters that want to be up-close and personal to their subjects.

  • Winsor & Newton: Made from quality beechwood, Winsor & Newton easels provide a solid surface for even the biggest of canvases. 

  • Loxley: Loxley are known for their quality easels and affordable prices. For a professional finish, Loxley is a great choice.

  • Quantum: For fun, quality and affordable table easels, Quantum easels create a solid surface for your painting. These incredible easy-to-transport easels even make a great gift for budding artists.