CATEGORY-- leisure time: techniques for drawing and painting ; TARGET GROUP Students of arts and crafts, fine arts and art schools. Professors of drawing and painting ; DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK Although several decades have already passed since artists first experimented with acrylics, painters, both professional and amateur, still hesitate to use them today because they are synthetic plastic products. The truth is, however, that paint of any kind is one of the great contributions of science to art; therefore, it must be given fair credit. The criticism stems from the lack of knowledge about the true possibilities of acrylic paints. Conservative artists, for instance, still consider them an imitation of oils paints and watercolors. Although the fact acrylic paints ca mimic other media is widely accepted, it is also true that they have a character of their own, which makes them one of the most versatile media. The main characteristics that have made acrylic paints one of the best products are their plasticity and their solubility. On the one hand, their resinous composition provides the consistency, viscosity, and stability of the texture once the paint has dried. On the other hand, the total solubility of acrylics makes their removal easier when they are still wet. Halfway between oils and watercolors, acrylic paints are suitable for painting in thick or thin layers, transparent or opaque. Their plasticity appears to have no limits, even when the artist is not completely proficient in the use of these paints and their advantages become inconveniences. The aim of this book is to put into the hands of the reader a useful and practical work that will lead to a progressive mastery of this painting technique based on a product of industrial origin.