Easels and Drawing Boards

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It is the norm in a high school art studio for the artwork to be done on paper that is resting on a desk. This is fine for some circumstances, but a well equipped artist will usually have an easel in their studio. There are several reasons why working on an easel is a good idea. It permits greater freedom of arm movement. A drawing involves lines done using movements of the wrist as well as movements of the entire arm, and the latter are difficult to do when working from a desk. An easel also places the surface of the paper in the same orientation as the picture plane. This means that in order for an artist to move their eyes from the scene to the drawing requires only the slightest of movements.

A good studio should be equipped with a number of easels and drawing boards. Care must be taken in selecting these, as they will form the backbone of the drawing course. When purchasing studio equipment, questions to ask are: can the height of the easels be changed easily? Some adjustment knobs can sometimes be too small to tighten effectively. Are they made of wood or metal? Wooden easels are less prone to seizing up than metal ones. Are the drawing boards too heavy? It is worth making enquiries at a few established drawing studios before making any final decisions.