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With a host of resources to stir the imaginations of image makers, the International Center of Photography offers two one-year certificate programs for intermediate and advanced photographers: "General Studies in Photography" and "Documentary Photography and Photojournalism." The cost is about $10,125, but may go up. For more information on the programs, which begin October 1, call 860-1776, ext. 156.
Want to learn how to get perfect exposures every time, how and when to use particular films, or how to get the most from your strobesmounted on-camera or in studio setup? The New School's "Lighting on Location" workshop, taught by working professionals, covers everything you'll need to know to showcase your art in 35mm slide format. For more information, call 229-5122. It'll cost you $405 to do all this.
Revolutionize your skills at the New York Institute of Photography (867-8260) with their "Digital NYI," a comprehensive course in digital photography. The newly offered class starts with the fundamentals and moves on to some of the technology's more advanced techniques. No prior experience is necessary and you don't need to own a digital camera.
Religion and Spirituality
If you're ready for heavy breathing with a spiritual slant, Qi Jong may be for you. Dating back 5000 years, the Chinese art focuses on breathing techniques as a key to well-being. Master the methods at The Learning Annex (371-0280) on September 16 and begin the journey to heal body and soul. The cost is $29 for members and $49 for nonmembers.
Escape the weight of institutional dogma with "Foundations of the Ageless Wisdom"'s holistic approach to religion. Sponsored by the New York Theosophical Society (753-3835), the free introduction is taught by its president, Ed Abdill. For more information, visit www.Theosophy-ny.org. Classes are held on Tuesday evenings from October 26 to December 7. Preregistration is required. Did I mention it's free?
Inspired by Madonna's new-found inner peace and strength? Then catch yourself a ray of light at The Seminar Center, where Steven Turner will illuminate the mystical Kabbalah. As one of the oldest and most revered of the Jewish traditions, it just might catapult you to spiritual enlightenment and contentment as well. The discussion, on September 22 at 6:30, costs $27 for members and $38 for nonmembers. Looking for additional fulfillment? Those trendy Buddhist prayer beads aside, if you've ever been interested in the religion itself, the center is also offering an "Introduction to Buddhism" in which you'll learn, among other things, the meaning of compassion. The class will be held on October 20 at 6:30. For more information on both events, call 655-0077.
For courses that are accessible to artists of varying experience, the Art Students League (247-4510) is the place to be. Paint under the watchful eye of professionals and take classes from life drawing to sculpture with some of the friendliest teachers around. Registration is $10 and monthly tuition ranges from $52 to $177.
Not only does it house some of the world's greatest masterpieces, but the Metropolitan Museum of Art also offers a variety of more personal services designed to meet the needs of its many visitors. Among its series of programs are "Discoveries," "Signs of Art," and "Touch and See," which introduce viewers with disabilities to the museum experience. For more information, call 879-5500, ext. 3561.
Describing her workshop as "a ride around the block in a Ferrari," Madeleine Beckman offers a comprehensive and critical evaluation of poetry and fiction on an individual basis. A journalist and published poet, she emphasizes writing for publication and also works with professionals to improve their business composition skills. Classes cost $275 to $300 for a five-week commitment and are taught out of Beckman's home. For more information, call 533-2033. Also visit www.echonyc.com/madi.
For those looking for support in mixed poetry-fiction classes, The Writers Studioconducts four separate 10-week workshops that accent their technique-oriented mission; the first begins on September 27 and costs $320. Other offerings include a two-day intensive workshop on August 14 and 15 for $300 and mixed poetry-fiction classes. Students also hold a reading series of their work. For more information, call 255-7075.