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  • Available Saturdays January 27 - April 27

Wyland’s Whale and Dolphin Adventure Art Lesson

Quick Details

Child Ages 3 - 12
Our 2024 schedule starts up on January 27 and runs every Saturday through April 27!

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 27

February 3

February 10

February 17

February 24

March 2

March 9

March 16

March 23

March 30

April 6

April 13

April 20

April 27

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.

2023 Art Lessons In The Wild Wyland Foundation Winner is Andrew Wang!

Press Release June 2023 | Wyland’s Art Lessons In The Wild 2023 WINNER

Dana Point, California— June 2023 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 12-year-old Andrew Wang of Laguna Niguel!! Andrew attends Niguel Hills Middle School and was in Ms. Denison’s Advanced Art Class this school year.  He has won the 2023 Grand Prize framed and signed artwork by Wyland called “Hope for the Sea,” a beautiful giclee, signed and numbered, valuing over $2500 dollars!

Wyland’s original painting, “Hope for the Sea,” gives the viewer an ethereal glimpse into the undersea world of a trio of dolphins against the backdrop of a colorful reef. “The light reaching down to the coral reef reminds us of the living giving sun,” Wyland says. “Without the light, the coral reef could not grow and support the vibrant life that thrives among the reef. I think, for me, the light is a symbol of hope for the future of these incredible undersea ecosystems.”

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 $15 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; Kaylee Guerra (4), Jens Dewey (8), and Jack Markle (12) are winners with packages that include, Whale Watching tickets for two, a Wyland Foundation Hat made from recycled plastic water bottles, 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 and Conservationist). 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