Equipment Required

A list for painters, one for photographers
and one for everyone
Painters
A note from Jill:
I work mainly with water-colour, pencil, ink, charcoal and pastel, therefore the equipment list below is biased towards materials for water-colour and drawing. However, I have also worked with oils and acrylic paints in the past so, if you wish to come to paint in those media, just ignore the list below and bring whatever materials you want!
Sketch pad (A5)
H and 2B Pencils + pencil sharpener and putty eraser
Fine drawing pens (005) - sepia and black
Watercolours minimum selection = ultramarine, cobalt, lemon yellow, cadmium yellow, yellow ochre, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, burnt umber.
Watercolour paper (Bockingford 'NOT' 140 lb or similar) - size A5 and A4
Masking tape (1")
Masking fluid (not essential)
Watercolour brushes, sizes 6, 8, 12 (pointed)
Medium rigger brush
Large, flat wash brush (1")
Any other brushes you prefer
Plastic palette
Carry-bag
We provide to each painter the following,:
Folding travel stool / seat
Folding table
Easel
Board
Parasol
Photographers
A note from Pete:
Although 95% of photography is now digital, guests who wish to shoot film are still very welcome (after all, the basic principles of photography haven't changed since 1834!). I have digital equipment for hire or temporary loan if required.


ESSENTIAL
Digital camera of your choice. The ability to manually control your camera (i.e. a facility to over-ride automated features) would greatly enhance your experience. (We have a camera for hire if required)
The user manual for your camera!!!
Lens hood/s !  (unless your camera is a compact and can't use them)
Battery charger and/or sufficient batteries to make sure you do not run out of power during the day
Sufficient memory media of the right type
We regret that we cannot be responsible for transferring guests' images to other storage media. If you wish to do this yourself you will need to bring your own laptop/tablet or other storage device. Failing that, as requested above, please ensure you have enough digital storage cards to last the whole holiday. Of course, should you run out of card space, it's a simple matter to purchase extra cards as we pass through our local town.

OPTIONAL
Lenses
For DSLRs and MICL cameras not using full frame sensors, a range of lenses 18mm to 200mm (or zoom equivalent) would be good. If you have a camera with a full frame sensor, a range of lenses 28mm to 300mm, or zoom equivalent, would be good. If you also own wider and/or longer focal length lenses or zooms and have room to bring them, that would be perfect!
For Nikon users, we have a range of Nikkor lenses available for hire.
Tripod, if you prefer to use your own (but we have four here if you don't have one or don't want to bring one)
Polarising and/or neutral density filters (Polarisers are the most useful)
Separate flash unit (if you have no built-in flash). If you are coming for our Advanced Photography week and you do have a seperate flash unit , you may want to bring it. A Nikon SB-900 speedlight is also available for hire
If you wish to bring a laptop computer, that's fine (we have a Wi-Fi broadband connection at the house)
Everyone
The sun's "skin burning" power in southwest France can be pretty formidable, even on cloudy days; your hosts have even acquired a tan in February! Therefore we strongly recommend that you bring the following items with you :
Although we dine out in restaurants, dress code in the area is very informal so 'smart casual' is  fine.



Sun cream (factor 30 minimum recommended)
Sun hat (a peak or wide brim is recommended)
Sun glasses (neutral-coloured). Note: polarising lenses can affect your colour perception
Lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and loose fitting lightweight trousers in addition to 'shorts and T-shirts'
If coming in September, a sweater or cardigan for use in late evening
Lightweight "breathable" footwear
Lightweight walking shoes (recommended but not essential) 'Trainers' or 'Running shoes' are perfectly adequate
Insect repellent
A hairdryer is supplied in each bedroom