Wyland Foundation and Dana Wharf Whale Watching launch children’s art program

The Wyland Foundation, founded by Laguna Beach resident and gallery owner Robert Wyland, along with Dana Wharf Whale Watching, have announced the details for the 2019 Wyland Dolphin and Whale Adventures “Art Lessons in the Wild” children’s art program. 

The program begins January 26 and continues every Saturday through April 27. This is one of the most creative hands-on family ocean experiences in Southern California. 

Children will have an opportunity to learn from the legendary marine life artist Wyland how the ocean’s marine life has inspired him, and partake in an art lesson from Wyland himself via a video feed.

“When I first saw a whale in the wild it was magnificent,” Wyland says. “The experience inspired me to become an artist, conservationist, and marine life advocate. The Art Lessons in the Wild partnership with Dana Wharf gives us an opportunity to introduce the next generation to marine life off the Orange County coast and allows them to experience this beautiful ecosystem in a new and creative way.”

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Kids will enjoy “Art Lessons in the Wild” with Wyland Foundation and Dana Wharf Whale watching

Art in the Wild starts at 9 a.m. with an art lesson followed by a two-hour whale watching excursion. From 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. guests will enjoy a whale watching trip where participating families receive priority VIP boarding. 

The art lesson takes place inside Dana Pride’s spacious salon and is limited to 20 children each session. 

The cost is a $5 donation, which benefits Wyland’s nonprofit foundations art, science, and outreach programs to promote healthy oceans and waterways.

The fee includes an art lesson and two-hour whale watching adventure package for children ages 3-12 (a $29 value). (All children must be accompanied by a paying adult – with up to two children allowed per adult.)

Advance reservations are required for this popular program. 

This special adventure also includes an art contest with prizes.

All art submissions will be personally judged by artist Wyland. The three judged art categories are: 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 years. The art contest features multiple winners and one grand prizewinner. The 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.

“We are honored to be partnering for our consecutive eight year with Wyland, the acclaimed marine life environmental artist on this unique program,” says Donna Kalez, general manager of Dana Wharf Whale Watching. “Exploring the wonder of the ocean through Art Lessons in the Wild is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Learning to draw marine life with an expert and seeing these awe-inspiring creatures up close gives children an appreciation for our oceans, wildlife and their place in it.”

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) nonprofit organization and has worked directly with more than one million children since its inception in 1993.

Dana Wharf Whale Watching (DWWW) is a family owned and operated business operating out of Dana Point Harbor in Dana Point. For more than four decades the Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching company has successfully provided the public with a variety of ocean adventures. DWWW is dedicated to helping locals and visitors alike enjoy the unique wonders of Dana Point Harbor and the Orange County coastline through a wide variety of public and charter harbor and ocean excursions. 

For more information, visit www.danawharf.com.