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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.”

National Contest
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

www.fredrixprintcanvas.com


 
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