Easels are objects in The Sims, The Sims 2, The Sims 3 and The Sims 4 that allow Sims to paint works of art. They build fun, and allow Sims to make money by selling their paintings. In The Sims and The Sims 2, painting at an easel builds the creativity skill, and in The Sims 3 and The Sims 4, it builds the painting skill.
|"Dimanche" Folding Easel|
|All Sims love to paint, especially those who wish to improve their creativity. Unleash the right side of the brain with this lightweight, folding easel. Made of oiled beechwood, this portable model can be deployed indoors or outdoors.|
|Price in game||§250|
In The Sims, the easel is called the "Dimanche" Folding Easel, though it does not actually fold. (In keeping with the artsy theme of this easel, "Dimanche" means "Sunday" in French.) The paintings made on it are not separate from it, and cannot be removed from it. A finished painting can be sold by clicking on it. A partially finished painting cannot be scrapped, but the easel can be sold with a partially finished painting on it. Regardless of who started a partially finished painting, any Sim can continue it, and may do so autonomously.
It can be used by children, but the painting they produce will always be childish.
If the player decides to sell the childish painting, most Sims will generally be pleased to do it. However, selling most other paintings (such as the wedding couple painting) usually evokes an unhappy response from the Sim.
The Sims 2Edit
|Independent Expressions Inc. Easel|
|All Sims love to paint, and with an Independent Expressions easel, painting is a snap. This "blank canvas" is sturdy enough for use indoors or out, and blank enough to allow even the most independent creativity to blossom and grow.|
|Game||The Sims 2|
|Price in game||§350|
In The Sims 2, the easel is called the Independent Expressions Inc. Easel. It costs §100 more than its counterpart in The Sims, but is considerably improved. With the Independent Expressions Easel, only the Sim who started a painting can continue it. Any Sim can scrap an unfinished painting, which will clear the easel, but Sims will not do this autonomously. The player can click on a finished painting to sell it, or use the hand tool in Buy mode to remove it from the easel and place it on a wall. The Sim who painted the painting does not have to be the one to sell it. Completing a painting builds the hidden painting skill, which increases the sale price of future paintings by that Sim.
Until the Sim has five points of Creativity skill, the only option is "Practice Painting". For Sims with at least five points of Creativity skill, this becomes "Paint", and the ability to paint a still life or portrait is unlocked. For both of those actions, the player will be shown a frame with the same dimensions as the easel. This can be used to select the view that will be painted. For a still life, nothing more needs to be done; the Sim will start painting as soon as the player selects a scene, and can stop and continue as with any other painting. However, if the player chooses to have the Sim paint a portrait, the Sim to be painted will come to stand beside the easel. The Sim cannot be posed, and the player will need to use the frame to line up the portrait. The Sim painting the portrait will only be able to work on it while the subject is standing next to the easel.
The Pets expansion pack added the ability for Sims with at least five points of Creativity skill to paint custom paintings from images on the player's computer, as long as they have the same dimensions as the easel's canvas. If FreeTime is installed, the easel also builds enthusiasm for the Arts and Crafts hobby.
Since children, and even toddlers, can gain Creativity skill in The Sims 2, the quality of a child's paintings will depend on his or her skill level, just as with adults.
A Sim may have a want to "Sell a Masterpiece", which is fulfilled if the painting sells for over §500, or a fear of selling a lousy painting, which is fulfilled if the painting sells for under §100. These wants and fears are only fulfilled if the painting is sold off the easel; they are not fulfilled if the painting is placed on a wall and sold in Buy mode. Also, they are only fulfilled if the Sim who has them is the one who sells the painting. The first time a Sim sells a masterpiece, he or she will receive a positive memory. A Sim who has just sold a masterpiece will often receive a minor want to quit his or her job. With FreeTime, Sims may roll the fear of selling a lousy painting and/or the want to sell a masterpiece once they reach level 3 in Arts and Crafts enthusiasm, and they can reach that level well before they have gained enough skill to sell paintings for more than §100.
An easel with a partially-finished painting can be placed in a Sim's inventory. The painting can be finished at a later time. However, if the Sim who has the easel in their inventory moves to a different lot, the easel will "forget" who started the painting, and the painting will have to be scrapped.
The Sims 3 Edit
Only the Sim who started a painting can continue it, though any Sim can scrap a painting. (Sims will not scrap paintings autonomously.) Sims can't however use easels on any lot but their own. Sims can paint in three different sizes - small, medium and large. With higher skill levels, Sims can paint still life or portraits. They can even memorize a scene to paint it later, and do stylized still lifes.
With The Sims 3: World Adventures, Sims can make a painting from a photograph if their skill level is high enough. Anyone from child to elder can paint, and improve their painting skill. There are also three toddler books that help give a head start to the painting skill when read.
|From pointillism to post-modernism, perhaps even paint by numbers, everyone with the urge to paint can dip a brush into their creative side with the Artsy Easel. For a limited time only, buy now to receive a lifetime supply of canvases and paint!|
|Game||The Sims 3|
|Price in game||§300|
Ricardo Richards' EaselEdit
|Ricardo Richards' Easel|
|This elegant easel is modeled after the one famously used by Ricardo Richards when he created his masterwork "Portrait of a Llama." Unlike Richards' original easel, this one lacks the layers of llama spit that accumulated after he spent hours making a llama pose for the portrait.|
|Game||The Sims 3: Outdoor Living Stuff|
|Price in game||§375|
Slouch and Deliver Easel by Secret BohemiaEdit
|Slouch and Deliver Easel by Secret Bohemia|
|Life cutting a peach in half, painting exposes the soul's darkest pit. The Slouch and Deliver easel supports any art project, from pastoral landscapes to portraits beyond imagination.|
|Game||The Sims 3: University Life|
|Price in game||§325|
Matrixxe Holographic Easel by Korben ComputingEdit
|Matrixxe Holographic Easel by Korben Computing|
|Traditional easels are a pain. Who wants to handle toxic paints and store stacks of old canvas? Holo-Easels are all-digital, taking your artwork into a dazzling new age!|
|Game||The Sims 3: Into the Future|
|Price in game||§550|
Serious Artist's EaselEdit
|Serious Artist's Easel|
|Game||The Sims 3 Store|
The Sims 4Edit
Sims only have access to one easel at the beginning, and can only paint classic paintings with it. Other painting types unlock as a Sim's painting skill improves. Any Sim can paint, though children have the Creative Art Thou Activity Table which serves a similar function to the easel. Painting is heavily influenced by emotions, and 6 special emotional paintings are available to paint. Sims can unlock additional easels by advancing up the Painter career.
|A standing tripod frame used for supporting or displaying an artist's canvas. Handcrafted with pride in Salt Lake City since 2011.|
|Game||The Sims 4|
|Price in game||§350|
The only Easel available at the beginning, it has a Painting Quality rating of 4 and comes in 3 colors: light brown, dark brown and blue. Each color exists in 2 styles, with or without paint stains on it.
|This feather-light easel is a cinch to carry. On breezy days, simply stand back and let the wind do the lifting for you.|
|Game||The Sims 4|
|Price in game||§915|
Unlocked at Level 4 of the Painter career, it has a Painting Quality rating of 5 and comes in 3 colors: light brown, dark brown and black.
Pre-Owned Painter's EaselEdit
|Pre-Owned Painter's Easel|
|The original owner of this antique easel wasn't sure what to paint. So, he painted his easel. Supposedly, the experience was so gratifying, he went on to paint his studio- chairs, table, floor, walls...|
|Game||The Sims 4|
|Price in game||§1,690|
Unlocked when choosing the Patron of the Arts branch of the Painter career (Level 8), it has a Painting Quality rating of 7 and an Inspiring Décor rating of 4. It comes in 3 colors: white, brown and black.
Deluxe All-Season EaselEdit
|Deluxe All-Season Easel|
|The deluxe painter's easel not only has a telescoping height and ample support for one's art, it goes with you when you want to paint your favorite field, over and over all year.|
|Game||The Sims 4|
|Price in game||§2,300|
Unlocked when choosing the Master of the Arts branch of the Painter career (level 8), it has a Painting Quality rating of 9 and comes in 3 colors: black, brown and white.