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  • Available Saturdays January 28- April 29

Wyland’s Whale and Dolphin Adventure Art Lesson

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Child Ages 3 - 12
Our 2023 schedule starts up on January 28 and runs every Saturday through April 29!

Art Lessons in the Wild

Marine muralist Wyland continues the Landmark Whale and Dolphin Adventure “Art Lessons in the Wild,” facilitating the most creative experience on the water!

The mission of The Wyland Foundation is to give both children and adults alike the tools they need to become more creative through art. A portion of the ticket price will be donated back to the Wyland Foundation. Each child participant also receives a FREE gift from Wyland!

Create your own work-of-art aboard one of our Dana Wharf vessels that will be judged by Wyland himself, with multiple winners and a grand prize winner! At the end of each lesson, children will submit their drawings to be judged by Wyland himself!

The grand prize is a special work of art by Wyland himself, framed and signed, with a value up to $3,000.


January 28th

February 4th

February 11th

February 18th

February 25th

March 4th

March 11th

March 18th

March 25th

April 1st

April 8th

April 15th

April 22nd

April 29th

This 45-minute adventure includes:

  • VIP boarding and a presentation and exclusive art lesson before the Whale Watching Trip, via video feed on the vessel, by renowned environmental artist, Wyland!
  • Learn what inspired Wyland to create some of the best known marine wildlife paintings and sculptures of our era.
  • After the art lesson, your child may depart free of charge, on a two-hour whale and dolphin watching adventure! Paid Adult must accompany the child.

This activity will be every Saturday starting at 9 a.m. for children 3-12 years old before our 10 a.m. Whale Watching Trip.

If you choose to go on the Whale Watching Adventure that immediately follows the art lesson, the cruise features:

  • An up-close and personal experience – get closer to marine life and watch them from our stable platform.
  • For more information call us at (949) 496-5794 ext.7

MUST purchase tickets for the whale and dolphin watching adventure separately.

2022 Art Lessons In The Wild Wyland Foundation Winner is William Lyerla!

Press Release June 2022 | Wyland’s Art Lessons In The Wild 2022 WINNER

Dana Point, California— June 2022 — Marine Life Artist; Wyland and Dana Wharf Whale Watching present, Wyland’s Whale and Dolphin Adventure Art Lessons in the Wild Grand Prize Contest Winner announced.

CONGRATULATIONS to 8-year-old William Lyerla of Irvine, California. He has won the 2022 Grand Prize framed and signed artwork by Wyland called “OCEANS ” which is inspired by the Disney nature film with the same title. Wyland sent William a special video message from Florida announcing him as the winner of the 12th annual art contest. William, accompanied by his mother and family friend, claimed the prize at Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching. Nona the Naturalist surprised him with some of her famous Gray Whale cookies, along with Donna Kalez of Dana Wharf, and Steve Creech, President of the Wyland Foundation. It was a WHALE of an announcement!!

The Wyland Whale and Dolphin Adventure Art Lesson package included an art lesson via video feed by environmental artist Wyland and included a FREE 2-hour whale watching adventure. Each child that participated in the Art Lesson was entered into a contest to win prizes from Wyland. The fee was $10 per child and was donated to The Wyland Foundation. Wyland personally judged all children’s artwork entries as well as the Runner Up Winners, which include; Delaney Bramblett (5), Luca Maganello (6), and Autumn Johnson (11) are winners with packages that include, Whale Watching tickets for two, a Wyland water bottle and their entry framed. All winners should call Dana Wharf to claim their awesome prize at (949) 496-5794 ext.7. 

Dana Wharf established Whale Watching in Orange County in 1971 and is endorsed by Wyland (Artist of the Sea). The area is a landmark for whale sightings due to its weather, underwater canyons, shallow water, large kelp beds, and ecosystems that provide the chance to see these large mammals in their environment. The renowned marine life artist found inspiration for his artwork of the beloved gray whale during their migration to warmer waters in the winter. It was from the Gray Whale experience that inspired Wyland to develop the program “Art Lessons in the Wild ”with Wyland’s Whale and Dolphin Adventures in partnership with Dana Wharf Whale Watching.  Dana Point is “The Dolphin and Whale Watching Capital of the World ®”.


Dana Wharf is exclusively endorsed by marine life artist Robert Wyland

Click here to read a recent article about Wyland – The Creative Waves of Wyland