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Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course guests have the option to donate $1 per night of their stay to the Ocean Institute's Artist by the Sea for Kids series through their BE LAGUNA BEACH program. Click here to learn more about Aliso Creek Inn and Be Laguna Beach.
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The Ocean Institute is dedicated to inspiring learning through science, history, and art. Join us for an experience your child will never forget in our Artist by the Sea for Kids series. Learn about our oceans while discovering and imagining through your unique and creative perspective. Our featured artists will share their experiences and guide you through the process of creating a masterpiece all your own. Viewparent feedback and photo gallery.

Featured Artists

Karen Talbot
With brush or pen in hand, dive into the amazing oceanic world with Laguna Beach artist and educator Karen Talbot, and see firsthand how it's inhabitants amazing adaptations make them as fun to draw as they are to observe. Karen's experience as a surfer, diver, angler, and artist will inspire your exploration of the Pacific Ocean through hands-on activities leading to the creation of your own masterpiece, which, in turn, will inspire others to explore, appreciate and conserve our precious ocean habitat. View Slideshow >
Barbara Hughston
Barbara Hughston and her daugher, Kate, love spending time together in the kitchen creating delicious and healthy food. During this class participants will use the freshest and best ingredients to create Healthy Summer Snacks for the Beach. With a focus on reusable packaging and locally grown produce, children will take home a lesson in sustainability and gain confidence in the kitchen while having a great time in the inspiring setting at the Ocean Institute. View Slideshow >
Pamela Osuna
Pamela has found an outlet for her passion of the ocean and sustainable living through her commpany, Soul of the Sea Clothing.  Her hope is to inspire individuals to learn more about the fascinating marine world and to take steps to help protect it for future generations to enjoy.

Shaun Tomson
Shaun Tomson has had many close-up encounters with Surf Creatures during his adventures's in the world's oceans. He is a World Surfing Champion and still spends time looking for the perfect wave while trying to avoid Tigers and Zambezis. View Slideshow >

Derek Sabori
Join the author, Derek Sabori for a morning of storytelling, light eco-lessons and creative insight. Derek will break down the story behind the story and engage the kids in the idea of seeing a problem and tackling it by way of book writing. The Earth Bugs were born from the act of battling the Litter Bugs and the hope is that kids will be inspired to tell an Earth Bug story of their own. View Slideshow >

Drew Brophy
Paint with Drew! Drew Brophy maintains a very unique painting style with vivid colors, playful characters and beach and ocean scenes. Drew has created thousands of paintings while traveling and surfing around the world. He draws his inspiration from the waves and the beautiful places he visits. Join him for an up close painting session and learn to paint like Drew! View Slideshow >

Hamernik Harry Hamernik

Join us for a hands-on, Ocean Animal Drawing Workshop! Kids will receive drawing instruction while they draw from worksheets and complete a project to take home. Harry Hamernik is the Author and artist of the book "Cartoonimals, How to Draw Cartoon Animals." View Slideshow >

Lagoonies Lagoonies
11 years ago, Colleen Corbett became a member of the Sawdust Art Festival. It was in this festival her bright and whimsical characters became available to the public. Colleen painted them on canvas. Colleen made prints and cards from the original paintings. She cut them out of wood and used acrylic paint to bring them to life. Create your own fun and whimsical creature with the Lagoonies!