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Tom Gilbertson
Thomas Gilbertson

Thomas Gilbertson

Professor of Art & Gallery Directo

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 At the right side of this page you will find links to the classes that I am teaching Fall semester 2011.  Following those links will take you to information and down-loadable materials under the heading for each course.  Check back frequently for updates about quizzes, exams, assignments, etc. for your class.  Information that applies to all my classes will be posted on this page.

Imperial Valley College Art Gallery

During February we'll feature the work of two well known artists in Baja California... Eduardo Quintero and Pablo Castañeda.  Mr. Quintero is the director for visual arts for the state of Baja California and was our juror for the student show in the spring.  Watch for other activities in the new art gallery....  "Java Jungle," the movie series, fund raising auction of artistic "boxes" and a special tribute to the U.S. Postal Service in March of 2012.... "GONE POSTAL!!"

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Wednesday, 02 June 2010 07:31

Memorable words by wise artists.

Written by Thomas Gilbertson

"Talent is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration."

                  __Henri Matisse, French painter

"If you want to be a painter; cut out your tongue."

_Henri Matisse, French painter

"Hardening of the categories causes art disease."

___Kenneth Snelson, American sculptor

"What we have here is a failure to communicate."

                              __Struther Martin, "Cool Hand Luke"

"When I was a child I could draw like the masters;

it wasn't until I was 90 that I could draw like a child."  

  ___Pablo Picasso

"Draw stupid."

____ famous art teacher

"If you think you know how to draw, then you know nothing."

           ____same 'famous' art teacher


Tuesday, 04 May 2010 07:23

Current events in the arts

Written by Thomas Gilbertson


"The first half century......."  is a retrospective exhibition of .... my work... in Mexicali.  It will be up for one month...until October 6.  The title of the show refers to the fact that I have been seriously making art for almost half of a century.  The gallery is located on Calle Alvaro Obregón between Calle D and Calle E in Mexicali.  It is not far from the Calexico crossing and is in a nice neighborhood near the university (U.A.B.C.)



Sunday, 14 February 2010 18:23

Drawing II, III, IV

Written by Thomas Gilbertson

Monday and Wednesday from 4:45 - 7:55 pm.

This class is a continuation of Drawing I, building on the basic skills that are practiced in that class.  Drawing II, III, and IV include color theory, additional media and techniques, and drawing from life.  Students in this class must have successfully completed Drawing I at the college level.


Syllabus Intermediate Drawing.pdf

Materials List

Sketch Journal

The Formal Elements of Art: 




Sketch journal activities

Sketchbook activities for drawing.pdf 

Series of drawings by Anthony Saine  Intermediate Drawing, Fall 2009   Charcoal, pastel/paper.  24" x 90"