children invited to dive into the Oceanic Art Project of the Maritime Museum of Santa Barbara | Culture & Leisure

Posted on January 1, 2022
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The deadline for submitting pencil drawings is January 31. (Courtesy photo)

To kick off its next major exhibition, Whales Are Superheroes !, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) is hosting an immersive ocean adventure called A Whale of a Tale featuring artwork submitted by children from kindergarten to preschool. 6th year.

A Whale of a Tale, showing April 15 through May 15, will feature audio and video elements that bring children’s artwork to life. Children are invited to submit their interpretations of a whale, its activities and / or anything related to the ocean, such as kelp, starfish, dolphins and other sea creatures.

Illustrations should be done on 8½ by 11 inch white paper, using only crayons, colored pencils and / or markers. It must be submitted by January 31 to be included on the show.

The A Whale of a Tale experience and children’s art exhibit are part of a multi-faceted exhibit titled Whales Are Super Heroes! which will explore the effect of whales on the ocean, climate and climate change, and air quality.

As part of the project, SBMM will have a children’s art exhibition; a three-dimensional artistic and sound experience; The Wonder of Whales: Two Artists’ Perspectives, an ocean-themed art exhibition by Kelly Clause and John Baran; a talk by Holly Lohuis on how whales affect climate and Santa Barbara’s request to be designated a World Whale Heritage Site; and a new permanent exhibition on whales and climate change.

Watch the video “Whale of a Tale” on for inspiration, then visit to learn more about how to format and submit children’s artwork. Once the art is submitted, each family will receive a free family pass to the museum.

SBMM is at the Port of Santa Barbara, 113 Harbor Way, Ste. 190. Visit or call 805-962-8404 for details.

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