Table easels are perfect for artists that like to work relatively small scale, like to work sitting down, or have limited space in which to work. Tripod table easels are like mini A-frame easels and are available in wood or aluminium. They tend to fold very compactly and are adequate for light work, but do not offer as much stability as an H-frame table easel, such as ones offered by Jackson’s, Winsor and Newton and Mabef. The cheaper H-frame easels are little versions of the studio equivalents and offer good stability, but some others offer a draw at the bottom – this extra storage space is fantastically useful if you are taking your table easel to an art class. Some table easels such as the Jackson’s Academy Table Box Easel (EJ016) have telescopic upper and lower canvas supports which accommodate a large range of canvas sizes. Simpler designed Table easels such as the Jackson’s Academy small and large box easels use the lid of the box as the canvas support, which can be positioned to your desired working angle. This offers a really sturdy and ergonomic support on which to place your canvas for work.
Another form of box easel is the pochade box. These are especially designed for working out of doors. They appear from the outside as if they are a regular painter’s travel case but inside the lid is a board that can be folded out at an upright angle (once the lid is fully open) andpainting panels can be fixed to this board using the clips attached to it. In the box there is enough storage space for your paints, brushes and mediums. The lid that holds the paints in also has some holes which you can hold your brushes in for ease of accessibility. A tripod is also available for the pochade which means that you can set up and paint anywhere.