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

In 2017, 43 Tatnall students won recognition for their fine art accomplishments in the 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 139 Individual Awards—more than any other school in the state! Tatnall also beat out every private school in the state during the portfolio category of the competition, earning six Portfolio Awards. These awards were presented to talented seniors who submitted eight pieces in a portfolio to be evaluated as a body of work.

2017 Scholastic Art Award Highlights
  • For the first time in school history, two seniors each won two Portfolio Awards. Devon May ’17 (1 Gold Portfolio, 1 Silver Portfolio) and Beatrice Lintner ’17 (1 Gold Portfolio, 1 Merit Portfolio) each received the impressive awards.

  • Tori Knox ’17 and Shannon Neff ’17 also won Merit Awards for their portfolios.

  • Silvija Meixner ’18 won the most individual awards overall (13) across six different art categories.

  • Devon May ’17 won 8 awards in the Digital Art category—the most ever awarded to a Tatnall student.
To view a slideshow of the award-winning work, please click here(Please be advised that the slideshow contains mature content).
"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."

- Stephanie Silverman, Tatnall Upper School Fine Art Faculty Teacher, NAEA National Eastern Region Art Educator, Delaware Secondary Art Educator of the Year