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Wyland Art in the Wild

Dana Wharf is exclusively endorsed by marine life artist Robert Wyland


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.

Caden The 2019 Wyland Art in the Wild winner

Caden being presented his Grand Prize from Steve Creach from Wyland Foundation and Donna Kalez of Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching.


KIDS ART LESSON, CONTEST & FREE WHALE WATCHING
BROUGHT TO YOU BY WYLAND & DANA WHARF

The 2019 Whale and Dolphin Adventure “Art Lessons in the Wild” program – the most unique and creative experience on the water – begins January 26, 2019 and continues Saturdays through April 27, 2019 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 $5 donation to the Wyland Foundation) will attend a free whale watching trip at the end of the session departing at 10 am.

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

Dates: January 26th – April 27th 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). 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 949-496-5794 ext 7. Whale watching is available without art lesson participation at the regular price of $45 for adults; $29 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 $45 or senior $35 must be met in order to participate in the $5 art lessons and free whale watching. No other discounts or promotions apply.

2019 Grand Prize

A limited edition signed, numbered and framed lithograph by Wyland “ANCIENT MARINER” VALUED at over $1,500! All children’s artwork will be judged by Wyland for a chance to win OTHER great prizes!

2018 Wyland Winner Zoe

Wyland’s Whale and Dolphin Adventure Art Lessons in the Wild 2018 WINNER ANNOUNCED

Each year from January – April Children come to Dana Wharf on Saturday to take the art lesson contest and also go Whale Watching. The winner of the 2018 Wyland’s Whale and Dolphin Adventure Art Lessons in the Wild at Dana Wharf was 8-year-old Zoe Lee of Laguna Niguel. She was honored as the Grand Prize Winner of “California Coast.” Wyland chose her out of over 200 entries. We congratulate Zoe on a job well done! Thank you to all who participated and thanks to Wyland as well as the Wyland Foundation for this amazing partnership!

Wyland’s Whale and Dolphin Adventure Art Lessons in the Wild 2017 WINNER ANNOUNCED

Sullivan Land (11 years old from Ladera Ranch) claimed the grand prize in the Wyland Art Lesson in the wild contest “Sea Life below” presented by Wyland Worldwide President Steve Creech and Dana Wharf GM, Donna Kalez.

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Past Contest Winners

2016Kylie Buck (Age 13 of Laguna Niguel, CA) is the Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 Wyland’s Whale and Dolphin Adventure Art Lessons in the Wild. Kylie’s rendition of Wyland’s lesson won “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).


2015

grand prize winnerSienna 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 Wyland Foundation logo

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.

About Dana Wharf

Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching is dedicated to helping locals and visitors alike enjoy the unique wonders of Dana Point Harbor and the Orange County coastline. The warm waters right out of Dana Point Harbor are flourishing with sea life including whales, dolphins, harbor seals, and California sea lions. Our thriving coastal waters provide bountiful fishing of sand bass, calico bass, halibut, bonito, yellowtail, yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, and dorado. Whether you’re looking for boat rentals in Dana Point to enjoy a private boat charter, sailboat or catamaran, coming for an awe-inspiring whale watching cruise or wanting to create memories onboard our sportfishing charters, one thing is for certain: your trip through the beautiful and scenic Orange County coast will be unforgettable. Dana Wharf is conveniently located in Dana Point, Orange County, just south of Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach – about 30 minutes south of Disneyland, an hour south of Los Angeles and an hour north of San Diego.

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The World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) is the world’s largest Partnership working to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans). Partners of the WCA aim to conserve and protect cetaceans and their habitats in the world’s oceans, seas and rivers, to ensure their continued survival.