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NatureMaster the art of training plants at Wave Hill (718-549-3200, ext. 215) with gardener Laurel Rimmer, who will instruct class participants on the art of "Ivy Topiary." For a fee of $7, materials, such as wire for forming your own ivy ring designs, will be provided. Registration for the January 23 event is open, but seating is limited. Turn your backyard or matchbox-sized Manhattan apartment into the arboretum you've always wanted with help from the New York Botanical Garden workshop, "The Hobby Greenhouse." Instructor Andrew Messinger illustrates how to construct, style, and maintain your ideal garden. Day-long classes are held over two consecutive Saturdays, January 30 and February 6. Fee for members $80; nonmembers $88. For more information, call 718-817-8747. But the fun doesn't stop there. This Valentine's Day, take a long, hot bath with the one you love in oils brewed at the workshop on creating herbal products. Call 718-817-8747 for more information on the February 14 course. Fee for members $51; nonmembers $54. Interested in a career in wildlife? Learn about the varieties of occupations and what kinds of experience are necessary to enter the field at the Bronx Zoo (718-220-5131). Coffee and tea will be served. Separate sessions will be held on February 20 and April 10. Fee for members is $28; nonmembers $30. At the Queens Botanical Garden (718-886-3800) learn how to maintain the youthfulness of plants or multiply their numbers for landscaping or personal enjoyment in a free lecture on "Plant Propagation" on February 27 at noon. A lineup of artists and writers gather for one night only at the New York Open Center (219-2527) in a celebration of "The New Earth Before the Millennium." Members pay $8; nonmembers $10. —Jazell Andujarback to top

PhotographyIf a traditional class doesn't fit into your schedule, try learning photography from home. Besides the valuable tips offered on their acclaimed Web site (, the New York Institute of Photography, America's oldest and largest photography school, administers an equally credible program via videocassettes, texts, and taped instructor feedback on your assignments. For more information, call 867-8260. At the International Center of Photography (860-1776, ext. 156), distinguished photographers teach a wide variety of workshops and classes to students of all skill levels, including "The Photo Essay: From Concept to Presentation," "The Working Photographer," and "Getting Close: Access, Observation, and the Documentary Image." Besides offering classes and workshops on topics such as Fashion and Wedding and "Fashion and Nude Photography," Arvis Art Photography (766-3686) also provides students with a member-operated photo club that allows them to hone their techniques. Beginners through professionals are welcome. With an emphasis on creativity and self-expression, the School of Visual Arts has designed the workshop "Basic Photography I" for novices or relative beginners. Cameras, equipment, negative development, enlarging, bleaching, spotting, and mounting are all discussed. Darkroom facilities are also available. Twelve sessions cost $350. For more information, call 592-2050. —Tina Whelskiback to top

Religion and SpiritualityTrain yourself to diminish years and acquire vitality at the Source of Life Center's four-session seminar on ways to "Slow Down the Aging Process." John Rozsa illustrates the specific steps necessary to regain youth and achieve essential goals. Classes are held on consecutive Thursdays, beginning January 14. Tuition is $95. For more information, call 244-5888. Learn the basic concepts of the Eckankar religion, which posits that the divine currents of light and sound are twin aspects of the Holy Spirit and sustain all life, at an introductory presentation on "Staying in Tune with the Light and Sound of God" at the Flushing branch of the YMCA on January 19. For more information, call 475-2061. The New York Theosophical Society (753-3835) holds lectures most Sunday afternoons on a variety of spiritual issues, including Gary Boucher's discussion on January 24 of "The Many Faces of God" and the threads which link a host of religions, and Michael Gomes's talk on "Love, Death, and Immortality" on March 21. There is a suggested donation of $3 to $5 for all lectures. Tap into the world inhabited by the Dalai Lama and gain a comprehensive understanding of one of the world's largest religions with "Understanding Buddhism." Classes begin on February 2. For a wider discussion on the history and impact of various religions, opt for "Comparative Religions," in which you'll tackle everything from Judaism to Confucianism. Classes begin on February 3. Both courses are offered at the New School (229-5353), run 13 sessions, and cost $365. Attend a variety of free and open meditation classes held weekly at the Asian Classics Institute (475-7752). "Evening Meditation," which meets on Wednesdays, is one of the most popular; reflect on a subject of your own choice at Saturday morning's "Open Meditation"; and, on Sundays, choose from a beginner's course or a class on how to prepare a meditation room. Weekend courses are held at a nearby site, The Three Jewels. Call for a complete schedule. The Tarot School (800-804-2184) offers continuing study in basic and advanced tarot through regular classes and a correspondence course. Degrees, workshops, and retreats are also available. Preregistration is not required for the ongoing series of three-hour classes that meet every Monday at 6 p.m. Tuition is $22 per class. —Jazell Andujarback to top

Visual ArtsIt's a dry heat at Urban Glass, where artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Kiki Smith, the Starn twins, and Matthew Barney go for the biggest kiln on the East Coast. Don't be intimidated though; classes in blowing, casting, neon, bead making, fusing, and more are available at all skill levels. For more information, call 718-625-3685, ext. 237. Whether you have an art background or just creative itchings, you can stretch the spectrum of your creative capabilities through the personalized approach of The Inspired Act, which offers small group seminars and individual consultations to help you express yourself more fully and naturally. For more information, call 744-0580. —Tim Gilman-Sevik Ever wondered where all those snazzy "President in Crisis" logos came from? At the School of Visual Arts (592-2050), a class on "Broadcast Design" will teach you how to create television news graphics, on-air identities, and title sequences. Other selections from a bevy of courses include "Digital Design," "Metal Sculpture," and the all-important "Anatomy." The spring semester begins on January 25; classes cost between $350 and $700. Pratt Manhattan (461-6040), a division of the venerable Pratt Institute, joins doodles with Dells in its classes on painting and digital art. Other related courses include a "Painting and Drawing Workshop," "The Elements of Pastel," and "Painter Update." The semester gets under way on February 2, classes start at $330. The Manhattan Graphics Center (219-8783) offers a wide range of classes designed for beginners as well as experienced printers. Spring courses include etching, silk screen, lithography, Japanese woodcut, photogravure, and even rubber-stamp carving. Classes range from $85 to $385 in price and from one day t

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