Wyland’s Whale and Dolphin Adventure Art Lessons in the Wild
KIDS ART LESSON, CONTEST & WHALE WATCHING BROUGHT TO YOU BY WYLAND & DANA WHARF WHALE WATCHING
The 2017 Wyland Whale and Dolphin Adventure “Art Lessons in the Wild” program – the most unique and creative experience on the water – begins January 21, 2017 and continues Saturdays through April 29, 2017 for children ages 3-12.
“The first time I saw a whale in the wild, it changed my life,” Wyland said. “It inspired me to become an artist and an advocate for marine life conservation. This partnership with Dana Wharf is part of our effort to encourage people to see the marine life off the Orange County coast in entirely new ways and introduce the next generation to this beautiful ecosystem.”
Each child participating will be entered into a contest to win prizes as well as receive a gift from Wyland just for entering. Children ages 3-12, who take the art lesson aboard the Dana Pride (with a $5 donation) will attend a free whale watching trip at the end of the session departing at 10 am.
All art submissions will be judged by Wyland himself (in three age categories, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12), with multiple winners and a grand prize winner.
The wilds of an untamed reef as dolphins cruise in the distance and a solitary hammerhead noses curiously for food are the subject of the 20 x 30 inch framed “Sea Life Below,” a new collaboration painting by acclaimed marine life artist Wyland and Guy Harvey.
“There is so much life on these reefs,” Wyland says. “You want to show everything, but there is only so much room on a canvas, so you have to select the images that best reflect the ecosystem. I think this one has a perfect balance.”
Dates: January 21st – April 29th every Saturday
Times: Art Lesson begins at 9 am followed by a 2 hour whale watching trip from 10 am – 12 noon. Participating families receive priority VIP boarding. Art lesson takes place inside the Dana Pride’s spacious salon and is limited to 20 children each week.
Cost: $5 donation includes art lesson and 2-hour whale watching adventure package for children ages 3-12 (a $29 value). Children must be accompanied by a paying adult – with up to 2 children allowed per adult. The entire $5 art lesson fee will benefit Wyland’s Foundation.
Trips will sell out and advance reservations are required. For more information or to book call (888) 224-0603. Whale watching is available without art lesson participation at the regular price of $45 for adults; $29 for kids 12 and under.
“We are so proud to offer this program to kids. By combining Wyland’s art lesson with a whale watching adventure, kids are able to connect the dots between art and nature, seeing the mammals they just drew out in their natural environment,” said Donna Kalez, general manager of Dana Wharf Whale Watching. “We are thrilled to be exclusively endorsed by Wyland and thrilled to continue our partnership and this program that’s growing every year.”
PAST CONTEST WINNERS
Kylie Buck, 13, of Laguna Niguel, CA
Kylie’s rendition of Wyland’s lesson won her “The First Breath”, a signed, numbered limited edition giclee on canvas valued at more than $2,800. Buck, a home schooled student loves art and loves creating art. “Whale watching is one of the best family experiences I can think of”, Wyland said. “Kylie’s artwork depicting a gray whale mother and calf showed a true bonding experience. The artwork was very serene and I found it truly inspirational.”
Kylie’s piece was carefully chosen from among hundreds of entries by Wyland himself. Winners from each age category received a $25 gift certificate to the Wyland studio in Laguna Beach and two free whale watching tickets from Dana Wharf Whale Watching. The winners from each of three age categories were notified by phone. Dana Wharf and Wyland congratulate all of the participants and the following winners: Kasia (age 3-5 yrs), Katie Stiverson (age 6-8 yrs) and Biennen Kelly (age 9-12 yrs).
Sienna James, 12, of Orange, California, is the Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 Wyland’s Whale and Dolphin Adventure Art Lessons in the Wild. Sienna’s rendition of Wyland’s lesson won her “Celebrate the Sun,” a 45″x 26.5″ framed, signed and numbered limited edition giclee on canvas valued at more than $3,500! Janes, a 6th grade student at Chapman Hills Elementary School, was inspired by Wyland’s work when she saw the grand prize, and wanted to draw a whale tail. Sienna learned about the art lesson after her dad, Gregory Janes, read about it as part of the activities taking place during the annual Dana Point Festival of Whales. He brought the family to Dana Wharf on March 7 for the festival and an afternoon of whale watching out of Dana Point Harbor. “Whale watching is one of the best family experiences I can think of,” Wyland said. “Sienna’s artwork was bright and joyful. For me it represented everything that I love about spending a day on the ocean.”
Sienna’s piece was carefully chosen from among hundreds of entries by Wyland himself. Winners from each age category received a $25 gift card to the Wyland studio in Laguna Beach and two free whale watching tickets from Dana Wharf. The winners from each of the three categories (3-5 years; 6-8 years; 9-12 years) were notified by phone. Dana Wharf and Wyland congratulate all the participants and the following winners.
Age 3-5: Ruby Williams
Age 6-8: Charlotte Jeffs
ABOUT THE WYLAND FOUNDATION
Founded by renowned environmental artist Wyland, the Wyland Foundation has helped children and families around the nation to rediscover the importance of healthy oceans and waterways through public art programs, classroom science education, and live events. The foundation gives children the tools they need to become more creative, positive, and solution-oriented. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and has worked directly with more than one million children since its inception in 1993.