July 08, 2011,
C.C. asks from Apex, NC on July 08, 2011
Seeking Kids Easel for 8 & 10 Yr Old
Hello Moms out there! My 8 yr old is really talented in art and painting so for her birthday we would like to get her an easel. I see a lot of easels that are more for toddlers. I have my eye on the Melissa & Doug easel but on the website it doesn't list the dimensions and I'm not sure if it's more suitable for toddlers or if it will work for older kids. I want it to last for a few years at least and also I'd like my 10 yr old to be able to use it too. Lastly, I don't want to spend a fortune on this either :) Any suggestions on different brands and how you liked the product, how much you paid etc. would be very helpful. Thank you, Corinna
R.D. answers from Richmond on July 08, 2011
I bought a real artist's easel for $10 or $15 from Michaels... want it?
K.I. answers from Los Angeles on July 08, 2011
I am with Rachel D. there are a lot of great easel selections at Michael's...you should check there or other craft stores in your area?
M.C. answers from Pocatello on July 08, 2011
If your child is seriously interested in art, I would skip the kids easels and get an actual artist's easel.
A full standing one can start at about $50, (at dick blick... look up bamboo lyre easel)
tabletop easels are less than that. You may also be able to find a presentation easel at an office supply store for about $20-$30. I think that good quality materials can really help nourish a young artist...
A better investment at this age might be summer art classes at a community center/ art center. Those can help her explore her interests and then she can find out what tools she needs. Is she a painter, a sketch artist, printmaking? My artist's easel cost $250... and I got it in high school.... but at her age I took a ton of painting, drawing, and photography classes! Oh, and i entered work into the county fair...
M.J. answers from Sacramento on July 08, 2011
Ikea sells a good one that's not babyish. I don't recall what I paid for it, but remember it was a bargain.
K.B. answers from Dallas on July 08, 2011
We have the Melissa & Doug easel and it is perfect for my almost four year old. I think it will still be a great size for several more years, but for an eight or ten year old I would go with taller one.