Friday, March 17, 2017


Maymester 2017

Photo Reference in New York City

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May 21st  thru Fri. May 26th

This class will teach students how to use the camera as another tool in their artistic belt. The class will serve as a basis for studying and experimenting with composition, movement, value relationships, viewpoint, lighting, shapes, abstract patterns, gesture and personal expression in vibrant New York City. Whatever type of creator you are, this 3 credit class has something for you. The final project will be submitted via digital visual photo journal. There will be guest lecturers and museum visits throughout the week long class.
All cameras are welcome along with your smartphone, which you learn to use to its' fullest capabilities.
Each day will have a theme supported by visits to many of New York City' s various neighborhoods, restaurants, museums, historic sites, galleries and lunch with art directors and editors. There will be one late evening class.
Review previous class photos on our Pinterest board

The first class will meet in front of  Syracuse University's Joseph I. Lubin House, 11 East 61st Street  in New York City.

Class time:
Sunday thru Thursday 11 till 6pm  
(with one late evening class tbd)
Friday the 27th, 11 till 5pm
 Materials Fee:  $250

Open to grad and undergrad students (300 and 500 level)
ILL 300  M500 73956  Photo Reference in New York City 3 credits (studio elective)

ILL 500  M500  74008 Photo Reference in New York City 3 credits (studio elective)

Who will be teaching?

Award-winning children's book illustrator James E. Ransome, who is a professor and coordinator of the Syracuse illustration program. James has illustrated over 50 picture books and is a  graduate of Pratt Institute, where he taught for four years. Visit his website

If you have additional questions, please contact James Ransome at

Frequently Asked Questions

What supplies will I need?
All you will need is a sketchbook, a pen or pencil, camera (smart phone) and comfortable shoes. 

Do I have to be an illustration major?
All majors are welcome.  All that is required is a love for drawing. 

Are there any pre- requisites?
No, any level is welcome.

Do you have a recommendation for places to stay?

I would begin your search by trying to find a room at some NYC universities such as Columbia, NYU and others. They often rent out dorm rooms to students. One of the great things about NYC is that New Jersey is just across the river.  A number of students have found accommodations at the link below,

Hilton Garden Inn Secaucus/Meadowlands
875 Route 3 East Service Road, Secaucus, New Jersey, 07094, USATEL: +1-201-864-1400 FAX: +1-201-864-9845

Email  to receive a Syracuse discount.
The room rate is $155/night (excluding taxes/fees). It is near the Newport PATH train station, which runs up to 33rd Street on the Orange line in the city. Between the two Journal Square trains from the Newport station, there is 24 hour/day coverage (it just goes through Hoboken after 11pm and on weekends).
Also, you can use AirBnB:

Co-Curricular Grant for Student-Generated Initiatives

The Co-curricular Fee was developed within the Division of Student Affairs to provide financial resources that promote and enhance the out-of-classroom experience for undergraduate students. In an effort to expand access to Co-curricular Fee funding, the Division of Student Affairs has established an application process for students and recognized student organizations to submit funding requests for consideration. These requests should be for extra-curricular programs, activities, travel, or events that are developed and promoted by students or recognized student organizations only (for departmental funding opportunities please refer to the ‘Co-curricular Fee Funding Application for Departmental Initiatives’). To ensure that the Co-curricular Fee distribution is effective and inclusive, an Advisory Committee of staff and students will be established to review funding requests for all student-generated initiatives submitted. The committee will evaluate applications and make allocation recommendations to the Senior Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs.
Please access the application here: Co-Curricular Funding Application

On the Circle Line Sightseeing cruise