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VOYAThis handsome and practical manual, part of the All About Techniques series, is divided into three easy-to-read major sections, all profusely illustrated in brilliant colors. Materials and Tools, Techniques for Acrylics, and Themes for Acrylics cover in explicit detail every aspect and use of these fast-drying, synthetic paints. Their origin can be traced to the Renaissance when artists of the time experimented by mixing oil paints with resins to speed drying time. The first synthetic paints were patented in Germany in 1915; however, it was not until the 1940s that modern acrylics became available in the United States. In the 1950s, artists of fresh and exciting vision, such as Jackson Pollock, Frank Stella, Morris Lewis, and Willem de Kooning, used these luminous pigments in dazzling creations that popularized this innovative medium. Although the first two sections provide basic and essential information, it is the third section that will inspire art lovers. The step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions, with themes as varied as skies and clouds, urban landscapes, seascapes, figures, and interiors, amply demonstrate rich possibilities and will encourage the most hesitant beginner to give it a try. In addition, the handy Topic Finder is a quick reference guide. The book is a delight for anyone interested in acrylics and definitely a worthy acquisition for teen collections and art departments anywhere. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, Barron's, 143p.; Illus. Photos., PLB . Ages 11 to 18.