Visual Arts

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.

Early Childhood

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.

Lower School

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.

Middle School

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.

Upper School

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. 

Tatnall Sweeps Scholastic Art Awards

Thirty-six Tatnall students have won recognition for their fine art accomplishments in the 2020 Delaware Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s most prestigious and competitive contest for excellence in fine art. Work is evaluated based on originality, technical skill, and emergence of a personal voice or vision. 
 
This year, Tatnall students won 78 Individual Awards and 29 Gold Key Awards―more than any other school in the state! Gold Keys represent the top five percent of entries in any given category, and Silver Keys represent the top ten percent of entries. Gold Key Award-winning work will advance to the next level of national competition, with several million dollars in scholarship money available, as well as additional exhibition and publication opportunities. 

Tatnall highlights from this year’s competition include:
  • 78 total Individual Awards—more than any other school in the state! 
  • 29 Gold Key Awards—more than any other school in the state!
  • 14 Silver Key Awards
  • 35 Honorable Mentions
  • 36 total students were recognized (10 Middle School and 26 Upper School students)
  • 21 students earned more than one award during the competition
  • 16 total awards presented to Middle School students (5 Gold, 4 Silver, 7 Honorable Mentions)
  • 17% of the overall Gold Key Awards were presented to Tatnall students
  • 15% of the overall awards were presented to Tatnall students
Two  students received special recognition during the Awards Ceremony on February 8 in Dover:
  • Ashlin DeLucia ’20 was awarded a Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts Scholarship 
  • Luciana Kehr ’21 was nominated for the American Vision Award
Most Tatnall Awards for Upper School
  • Madhuram Sundararajan ’22 earned more Individual Awards than any other Tatnall student, with five Gold Key Awards and two Honorable Mentions. 
Most Tatnall Awards for Middle School
  • Esther Adebi ’24 earned more Individual Awards than any other Middle School student with two Gold Key Awards, a Silver Key Award, and an Honorable Mention. This is the first time a Middle School student from Tatnall has won multiple Gold Key Awards.

The Tatnall School

The Tatnall School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in PK3 through Grade 12 located in Wilmington, Delaware.