Tara Materials - 3/22/2010
Fredrix Print Canvas Promotes Contest and Tour
You don’t need to live near the ocean to care about it. That’s the message behind a world famous ocean
muralist’s efforts to inspire thousands of students around the nation to show off their art skills — and their concern
for the future of our ocean planet.
Marine life artist Wyland, teaming up with the upcoming Disneynature motion picture OCEANS, Volvo Cars of
North America and Fredrix Artist Canvas will inspire more than 10,000 students, grades 5-8, across the nation
for Earth Day to create life-size ocean murals, as part of community campaign to raise awareness for ocean
conservation. The goal of the movement, organizers say, is to inspire students everywhere to develop a better
understanding of the ocean through art, science, and creativity. “Children are fascinated by the ocean no matter
where they live,” says Wyland, who is best known for his series of 100 monumental marine life murals around the
world. “This campaign not only provides them with artistic tools to express their interest in marine life, but the murals
share that message with communities that have a direct impact on these resources.”
More than 300 classrooms will each receive a 50-square foot Fredrix artist canvas, art lessons based on national
education standards and a DVD with breathtaking footage from OCEANS for artistic inspiration and an
instructional how-to-paint-the-ocean video by Wyland. Wyland currently hosts “Wyland’s Art Studio,” an
ocean-theme art instruction series for adults on PBS.
A contest will be held among the participating classrooms. The class whose mural best expresses the beauty of
the ocean world and the need to protect it will receive a grand prize from Wyland, Fredrix Artist Canvas and
Disneynature’s OCEANS. The first 300 teachers to respond will be invited to participate in the contest.
Deadline to RSVP is April 5, 2010. Winners notified April 28, 2010.
Eight-City West Coast Tour
To celebrate Environmental Education Week, the Wyland Foundation, Disneynature’s OCEANS, and Volvo
Cars of North America are bringing the “One Ocean, One Planet” mobile education tour to eight lucky middle
schools on the West Coast, April 5-22. Touring ensemble includes the Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning
Center, a 1,000 square foot biodiesel powered mobile theater / science center and the “One Ocean, One Planet”
Volvo Art Car, a teacher supply vehicle wrapped in the image of the Wyland designed stamp for the United
Nations 50th Year Anniversary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. Exhibit transportation
provided by National Van Lines. Artists, conservationists, and scientists from the U.S. National Atmospheric
and Oceanographic Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Sanctuaries will host on-board tours of the Clean
Water Mobile Learning Center and discuss the relationship of inland and coastal communities to the ocean.
Students will have the opportunity to paint a collaborative ocean-themed mural featuring coral reefs with tips
and guidance from local artists. Topics will include protection of watersheds, marine life conservation, and the
relationship of art, photography and film to understanding our oceans.
Tour Cities include:
• 4/5 Seattle
• 4/7 Portland
• 4/9 Sacramento
• 4/12 San Francisco
• 4/13 San Jose
• 4/14 Fresno
• 4/16 Ventura
• 4/22 Anaheim