The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur is a Catholic, independent, college-preparatory school for girls and young women in grades 6 through 12.

A Catholic, Independent, College Preparatory School for Young Women, Grades 6 through 12

Academy of Notre Dame de Namur: Inspiring Young Women Since 1956
Visual Arts
We believe that offering an art program in a nurturing environment that is built on success develops each student’s self-esteem, and a freedom to experiment, think critically, and take risks.


Art programs at Notre Dame are developmental, and all students in grades 6-9 take an art class each year. After grade 9, students can continue with art as an elective or major.

Students have the opportunity to experience art through field trips to leading museums in Philadelphia, New York, Washington, DC, and Baltimore.

AP Studio Art and AP Studio Art History have prepared our students to enter art and design programs at many fine colleges, including Rhode Island School of Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, Philadelphia University, Syracuse University, the Art Institute of Chicago, and University of the Arts.


Fine Arts Faculty:

Mrs. Kate Rupertus // Ms. Kara O'Brien // Mrs. Julie McNulty

Courses Offered:

AP Studio Art, AP Art History, Art 1, Art 2, Art 3 (Drawing and Painting), Ceramics, Photography, Graphic Design, and MS Art classes for Grades 6-8.

Advanced Art Exhibition

In late April 2022, the Academy hosted the Advanced Art Exhibition on campus. Friends, families and art teachers had the opportunity to hear each artist discuss their year-long art exploration and then enjoy viewing their amazing art together. 

See photos from the Exhibition here.

2020 Virtual Art Exhibition