Cultivating Creativity and Expression

Research confirms what Tatnall has known for decades: involvement in the arts leads to scholastic, developmental and cultural growth. Our award-winning, nationally-recognized arts program, gives students countless opportunities to explore their unique creative talents through music, theatre and fine arts, and empowers them to explore new mediums and forms of expression.

An integral part of the Tatnall experience, the arts curriculum spans the curriculum at every level, giving each student, no matter his or her age, a chance to develop an appreciation and understanding of the arts. So, whether they’re creating 3-D sculptures in a Preschool art classroom, playing the drum in Beginner’s Band or taking to the stage as a member of Showcase, our students thrive creatively.  
"I am lucky to have found a school culture so committed to excellence in all areas of secondary education, and one in which the arts are deeply valued." 

- Stephanie Silverman, Upper School art teacher

Artistic Highlights

  • During the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation's most prestigious recognition program for creative teens, Tatnall swept the competition winning more awards than any other school in the state!
  • Hitting all the right notes: 8 Tatnall students were selected for this year's Delaware All-State Music Ensemble.
  • 7 Tatnall students were also selected for Delaware's All-State Chorus.
  • This year, Showcase, Tatnall's advanced theater class, will put on its 44th performance. 
  • Last June, 22 Upper School choir members had the unique opportunity to perform in Rome at Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, the Vatican and the Pantheon. 
  • Tatnall's Preschool artists displayed their recycled 3D sculptures at the Brandywine Hundred Library as part of the Wilmington Art Loop.
  • During the holiday season, choir members traveled to D.C. where they performed at Vice President Joe Biden's holiday party. 

Faculty Profile: Stephanie Silverman

Upper School art teacher Stephanie Silverman has received the National Eastern Region Art Educator of the Year Award for helping students cultivate their artistic talents. "Effective teaching is truly a synergy, a reciprocity between student and teacher, and the relative success and effectiveness of both parties is so contingent upon the mututal inspiration and dynamic of the partnership," she says.

"Tatnall students are so hard working and creative, and they keep me passionate, motivated and inspired. I am lucky to have found a school culture so committed to excellence in all areas of secondary education, and one in which the arts are deeply valued."