Canvas Panels are the inexpensive way to paint on real canvas. They are cotton or linen canvas adhered to a hard card board. some are linen and some oil primed, some are even archival. These are not just for students, but are a professional surface that will last generations.
Racine Table Top Lyptus Easel, $70.00 msrp $45.00 Regular Price Only $19.95
This portable, sturdy and versatile easel holds canvas up to 24" high and weighs 5 lb. Carry the lightweight easel with you from class to class or take it outdoors for a day of plein air painting. It's also great for in-store or conference displays.