Free workshops on hidden hazards in the arts

And how to find safer, less toxic materials

Artists and art educators can learn safe storage, disposal and safer chemical at four, free “Hidden Hazards in the Arts” workshops –  coming soon to Seattle, and sponsored by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County.

The workshops are designed for artists and art educators to help them produce vibrant art while protecting themselves, their families and the environment from toxic, corrosive and flammable chemicals.

Three workshops are hosted by 4Culture, at 101 Prefontaine Pl. S., Seattle (

  • Chemical hazards in jewelry, metalsmithing, and printmaking (especially intaglio), Thursday, January 10, 12-2 p.m.
  • Chemical hazards in painting (aerosol spray paint, oil, water, acrylic), encaustic, pastels and adhesives (fixatives, glues, pastes), March 14, 6-8 p.m.
  • Chemical hazards in studio glass (glass blowing, slumping, fusing, grinding, etching and polishing), May 9, 12-2 p.m.


  • Gage Academy of the Art ( is hosting a “Hidden Hazards in the Studio” workshop for those who paint, draw or sculpt, Jan. 24, 12:30–1:30 p.m., at 1501 10th Ave. E., No. 101, in the Geo Studio, third floor.

Anyone interested in hosting a workshop or with a suggested workshop topic should contact Dave Waddell, Art Chemical Hazards Project Coordinator at 206-263-3069 or

For more on the project, check out the Art Hazards project at

Toxic glazes

Toxic glazes

One response

  1. Appreciated yesterday’s presentation which could have been a bit longer (maybe three hours with a break). Would have liked more information on pigment toxicity and storage/disposal issues, suggestions. Looking forward to painting workshop and wonder about whether you are doing one for various photo methods.