Rob Biddulph Blue Whale Image from Diffusion PR

Online class aims to attract 10,000 participants and raise money for COVID-19 appeal 

Entrepreneur First, a global talent investor, is teaming up with children’s author and illustrator, Rob Biddulph (Blown Away, Odd Dog Out), and book publisher HarperCollins in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest online art lesson on 21st May at 16:00 BST.

The challenge is free to join for parents and children. It will see Rob Biddulph instruct participants of all ages on how to draw a blue whale from their homes.

To break the record for the world’s largest online art lesson, at least 10,000 unique users need to join and actively participate in the lesson for no less than thirty minutes. All evidence will be submitted to the Guinness World Records post-event for review and approval.

In addition to bringing people together in an attempt to set a new world record, the challenge aims to raise money for high impact charities working in the fight against COVID-19.

Sam Barnett, president of Entrepreneur First, said:

“The Guinness World Records attempt is an opportunity to unite people of all ages and backgrounds in an enjoyable and safe way. Not only does it help to reinforce the #StayAtHome message, but it gives people a chance to make history at home.

“The benefit of art and creativity on mental health and mindfulness should not be underestimated in the current circumstances. For that reason, I hope that many companies will join Entrepreneur First in getting behind this initiative to bring teams in isolation together and help raise money to combat to impact of COVID-19.”

Companies are encouraged to join the attempt, with employers asked to pledge £10 for every employee that attends the lesson.

The donations will go to charities recommended by Founders Pledge, including those involved in stopping the spread of the disease, providing immediate relief to those most affected and preventing future pandemics.

Art World Records will host all pledging company logos on their site following the Guinness World Records attempt. Rob Biddulph said:

“I hope that by participating in our attempt to create the world’s largest art lesson more people both young and old from all around the world can enjoy taking thirty minutes out of their day to sit down and rediscover one of life’s simple pleasures.”

The attempt will take place online via Rob Biddulph’s YouTube live stream channel on 21st May at 4pm BST (8am PST).

To register for free to be part of making history from home, or to donate visit www.artworldrecords.com.