An easel is a wooden or metal stand used for holding a canvas, board or panel. There are many different types of easels, with varying levels of stability and mobility.
These are the different types of easels available:
A- Frame - a three legged easel which is economical and portable, however it lacks in stability.
H Frame Easel - your standard studio easel. The H Frame Easel is sturdy but lacks portability.
Giant Easel - basically a larger version of the H Frame Easel, used for large scale studio works.
Convertible Easel - a versatile easel which 'converts' between a standard upright easel and a horizontal, tabletop easel.
Single Mast Easel - the most basic and affordable type of easel. However it is also the least stable.
Tabletop Easel - great for if you prefer to work at a desk.
French Easel - the built in storage makes the French Easel a favorable choice for plein air painters.
Display Easel - merely for 'displaying' your finished works. This easel is not suitable for painting on.
Children's Easel - an easel specifically built for children.