Woody Kelly '17 started his art career in Pre-First (now Prep-One). His work is now on exhibit at Sunnyfield's Gallery, 6305 Falls Rd, Suite 100, in Mount Washington. Another show, at Belvedere Square, will start in December. You can keep up to date with Woody on his website.
Paint a portrait in oil. Play Lancelot in “Spamalot.” Sing
a capella. Build an electric guitar. Write a poem. Compose a song. Perform a concerto. Direct a movie. Write a news article. Anything artistic is possible at Gilman.
Contemporary artist Ajay Kurian '02 returned to Upper School assembly to share slides of his work, discussing his career path (he says it all began in Upper School art teacher Karl Connolly's class) and what it means to be an artist today. "Contemporary art is a bunch of people trying to think through the world through materials," he said.
"Ajay's work is variously beautiful and challenging, at times testing both his limits and ours," said Connolly, continuing that Ajay's art deals with "place, culture, history, memory, self, and hope with a mindful humor, deep intelligence, and raw integrity."
The art programs in each division engage boys in their world in an age-appropriate and aesthetically meaningful and challenging manner, stressing the importance of art in one's life. Whether working on a thematic mural in the Lower School, exploring key social issues through art making in the Middle School, or developing a portfolio of self-directed work for an Upper School thesis exhibition, boys use materials and learn procedures that facilitate an ongoing understanding of art making and its role in our culture.a
Gilman's strong music program gives every boy musical voice. The program opens boys' ears to music, its many genres, nuances and methods of creation, and gives them a lifelong gift of appreciation. Boys are offered a wealth of diverse opportunities to explore the kinesthetic, creative, collaborative, and just-plain-fun aspects of making music, mastering a musical instrument, collaborating with other students in a performance group, writing or arranging music for a vocal ensemble, or studying the development of Western music.a
Theatre thrives at Gilman. Through dramatics, students forge a shared sense of purpose and become an indissoluble team as they work together to mount a production, from Lower School class pays to Middle School productions to one of five tri-school Upper School plays. Theatre is about much more than just story telling; and, it is also about much more than a celebration of the self and one's own abilities.a