Acrylic colors are rich and true to nature, allowing for amazingly accurate representation. Not surprisingly, acrylic painting has long been a popular medium for illustrators, fine artists, decorative artists, and muralists. In this course, students explore the unique attributes of, and possibilities inherent in, this versatile water-based, fast-drying, and non-toxic medium. Many different results are possible, from the transparent and translucent feel of watercolor to the more opaque quality of oil painting. The process begins with background washes, and progresses to color mixing, thin and opaque washes, ghosting, glazing and underpainting. Students select the subjects they wish to paint and should come to the first class with an idea of what that subject might be. Work will be done from direct observation as demonstrated by the instructor through tutorials and online demos. By the end of class, students will have produced at least one final work in acrylic and deepened their experience with the medium.