Our Top Four Easel Picks to Take Outdoors

May 28, 2021


Here are our top picks of packable, portable, and lightweight easels. All of which are great options for your next plein air adventure.

6 Cup Easel

Perfect for Plein Air and handmade locally in BC!

The Six Cup Easel has been designed for compact colour sketching and oil, acrylic and gouache painting. Perfect as an outdoor easel for Plein Air painting (attached to a tripod), a travel easel that fits in your backpack, or keep it at home as your in-studio compact solution.

  • Made from Baltic Birch and finished with an oil stain, the six cups inside are easy to clean and store!
  • Also has room to safely store 5″ x 7″ canvas boards inside.




Fraser Box Easel

The Fraser Box Easel is handsomely crafted with elmwood for longevity. It is designed to sit on a tabletop, a flat working surface, or with its convenient carrying handle for on-the-go outdoor painting. The adjustable tilt easel is mounted on a storage box with a drawer that opens on one side. The weight of the box and its contents add to the stability of this easel. The upper and lower parts of the canvas support can be adjusted separately for complete control.

  • Max canvas height: 33″
  • Easel dimensions when flat: 14″ _ 16″ _ 5″
  • Base width/depth: 14″/16″




Art Alternatives Sierra Watercolour Easel

This compact travel easel is a perfect way to keep things light while on the go! Weighing only 5lbs, it can easily be carried around. It can be used either in an upright or reclined position to best suit the media you are working with.

  • Aluminum body with matte black finish
  • Accommodates surfaces up to 34″ in height
  • Extends to a maximum height of 73″
  • Black carrying case included with each easel




Art Alternatives Sierra Aluminum Tripod Easel

Great for indoor, outdoor or tabletop use, this stable light-weight aluminum easel. The spring-loaded top clamp secures canvases in place and the canvas tray has two height settings for versatile positioning. Telescoping legs with non-skid rubber feet adjust with one-touch control.  It includes a carrying case with a shoulder strap and pocket.

  • Accommodates canvases or panels up to 48″h x 1.5″
  • Will hold up to 25 lbs
  • Extends to a maximum height of 69″
  • Folds to 25″ for easy storage and transport
  • Weighs 2.5 lbs.