Tatnall’s recognized art curriculum emphasizes the cultivation of each student’s own unique creative voice. Our distinguished art faculty believes that the critical and creative processes inherent in all artistic endeavors are highly transferable life skills.
Beginning in the Early Childhood program, Tatnall’s art program provides students with a wide scope of art experiences to promote the innovative use of materials, creative exploration and a range of technical skills in a variety of media. Tatnall art students learn the vocabulary and historical context of specific media, subjects and styles as they push the boundaries of their imaginations and develop a personal vision.
Children in Tatnall’s Early Childhood program are encouraged to experiment artistically and develop free expression. Color theory, two-dimensional design projects, papier-mâché creations and art history lessons all foster observation skills and enhance fine motor skills in Tatnall’s youngest artists.
The Lower School art program offers students the opportunity to discover ways to use the symbols and languages of art to convey ideas, feelings and different ways of knowing about themselves and the world. The Lower School approach encourages and nurtures each child's inherent creativity and enthusiasm while integrating art elements (color, value, line, shape, texture) and art principles (repetition, proportion, rhythm, composition, emphasis) into the students' projects.
The Middle School art curriculum focuses on stimulating each students’ imagination. As a result, each student's work is a reflection of his or her ability to think creatively, solve problems and evaluate. In order to further the students’ understanding of proportions, elements of design and artistic styles, the students focus on self-portraiture, Cubism, Impressionism, 3D skills and advanced drawing and painting.
With a wide scope of diverse arts offerings
, Upper School students can explore all artistic mediums from printmaking to digital media. Tatnall’s Upper School arts students have been recognized as some of the best in the region, receiving accolades on the regional and national level.