Paints and Solvents
Oil paints use linseed oil as vehicles, although solvents are often used as a thinner and for cleanup. Turpentine and mineral spirits (paint thinner), for example, are used in oil painting mediums, for thinning, and for cleaning brushes. Alkyd paints use solvents as their vehicle. In addition many commercial paints used by artists also contain solvents.
Dry Drawing Media
This includes dust-creating media such as charcoal and pastels which are often fixed with aerosol spray fixatives, and media such as crayons and oil pastels which do not create dust.
For further information, review the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), for the products being used. The MSDS will provide data such as physical properties, toxicity, reactivity, etc. MSDS sheets are produced by the company that manufacture the product(s) and are available either in the classroom, through WCSU's Environmental Health and Safety website or they can be found online by searching for MSDS of the particular products.