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Wyland Art In The Wild

Wyland Art In The Wild



Wyland’s Whale and Dolphin Adventure Art Lessons in the Wild 2019 WINNER ANNOUNCED

This year’s grand prize winner was chosen from 250 Art Lesson in the Wild participants (in three age categories). The winner is eight-year-old, Caden Sheehan who attends Esencia School in Rancho Mission Viejo. Caden said he was inspired to draw marine life the first time he met Wyland at his gallery, and discovered his art. He participated in the program during this year’s Festival of Whales, as Caden is passionate about art and marine life and conservation. Caden’s imaginative contest submission depicts an underwater scene filled with playful whales and dolphins.

The 2019 grand prize is a Wyland limited edition oil painting, valued at $1,500, entitled “Ancient Mariner.” This unique painting brings together the fiery sunset in the vein of his abstract expressionist work, with the anatomically detailed realism of his renowned sea life. The result is a breathtaking look at nature that is pure Wyland.

The Art Lessons in the Wild contest runner-ups are:

  • Kai Perino, 5-years-old (3-5 year-old category)
  • Clara Penney, 10-years-old (9-12 year-old category)
  • Anneka Neukomm, 12-years-old (9-12 year-old category)

Clara Penney, is from Wyland’s hometown of Detroit, Michigan. She recently gave a school report on Wyland and his environmental art, and was excited to participate in this Wyland art program when she was visiting California.

The runner-ups prizes included: their contest art work framed, a Wyland Whaling Wall book, a Wyland Calendar, a Wyland vintage sweatshirt, and four passes for whale watching excursions with Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching.


Wyland’s Whale and Dolphin Adventure Art Lessons in the Wild

Dates: January 23rd –  April 24th 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 10 children each week.

Cost: $10 donation* includes art lesson and 2-hour whale watching adventure package for children ages 3-12 (a $39 value). The entire $10 art lesson fee will benefit Wyland’s Foundation. 

Trips will sell out and advance reservations are required. For more information or to book call 949-496-5794 ext 7. Whale watching is available without art lesson participation at the regular price of $56 for adults; $39 for kids 12 and under.

*Valid Saturdays at 9am only. Must be accompanied by paid adult. 2 kids max per adult. The paid adult ticket of $56 must be met in order to participate in the $10 art lessons and free whale watching. No other discounts or promotions apply.

2021 Grand Prize

A limited edition signed, numbered and framed Giclee on canvas by Wyland “A LIVING SEA” VALUED at over $2,000! All children’s artwork will be judged by Wyland for a chance to win OTHER great prizes!

Kids Art Lesson, Contest, & Free Whale Watching

Brought to you by Wyland & Dana Wharf

The 2020 Whale and Dolphin Adventure “Art Lessons in the Wild” program – the most unique and creative experience on the water – begins January 23, 2021 and continues Saturdays through April 24, 2021 for children ages 3-12.

This exclusive package includes an art lesson via video feed by renowned environmental artist Wyland and a FREE 2-hour whale watching adventure! View or download the art lesson flyer

“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 $10 donation to the Wyland Foundation) will attend a free whale watching trip at the end of the session departing at 10 am.

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.

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