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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!!"

IVC Art Gallery on Facebook

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Thursday, 29 September 2011 11:03

Exhibition Opportunities

Gone Postal!! ... a non-violent tribute to the U. S. Postal Service

This is a mail art show.  That means that all works exhibited have to be postmarked with an official USPS cancellation stamp and has to have traveled through the mail system.  Do your art piece on an envelope or a postcard, or do it on letter paper and send it in an envelope.

Wednesday, 02 June 2010 07:31

Memorable words by wise artists.

"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


"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, 07 March 2010 17:19

Interesting Links  An online art magazine.

Mexicali Rose

An alternative art space in Mexicali.  This former "staging house" for smuggling people into the US is now an art gallery, exhibiting the works of many young contemporary artists from Baja California, Los Angeles, and the Imperial Valley.  Check on FaceBook to keep up on what is happening at Mexicali Rose.


Thursday, 18 February 2010 23:22

Art 262: Gallery Display

Gallery Display Art 262            CRN# 10730   

Link to Syllabus

Meets on Thursday from 12 noon to 1:10 pm.  Three additional hours each week to be arranged.

Students are responsible for 3 additional hours per week of work in the gallery or on gallery duties.  This will usually consist of 'gallery sitting' duties.  It may also include helping to install exhibitions, take down exhibitions, help with opening receptions, and cleaning the gallery. Note: Grades are partly assessed on the number of hours worked (3 hours being the required minimum) and not being available to be in the gallery the minimum number of hours will not be an excuse.   It is the responsibility of each student to accrue these hours.    Students: if you are unable to be reasonably flexible in scheduling your gallery hours then you shouldn't take this class.  



Sunday, 14 February 2010 18:23

Drawing II, III, IV

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"


Sunday, 14 February 2010 15:36

Art 120_Drawing I

Tuesday and Thursday ...1:30 until 4:40 pm

Download and Print each of the following and bring to class.


Syllabus_Drawing I_Fall11

Sketch Journal

 Materials List


Below are 2 examples of the "grid self-portrait" project that we do in Beginning Drawing each semester.  Students put a "grid" over a photograph of themselves and then "transfer" the image, square by square, to a larger piece of paper with a "distorted grid."  Each square is rendered in graphite showing the full range of values of the original photo.  Students gain experience in using graphite (pencil) in a refined and disciplined manner.   All of the drawings below are18x24" on white sulfite drawing paper, rendered in graphite.  (My apologies to the artists for the poor quality of the photos.... TG)


           "Ramsey, Spring 2010"                                                "Rachel, Spring 2010"



                   "Manuel, SP2010"                                                 "Josephine, SP2010"



This class will meet "face 2 face" 8 times during the semester... the remainder of the class will be done on line.  It is a "hybrid" class.  Students must be prepared to work partly on line.  

Here is the link to the college "Distance Ed" site.  Go here and follow the instructions on "how to log in."



Text books: The Annotated Mona Lisa

Students in this class are responsible for downloading the handouts and lecture notes for each meeting.  The "downloads" are critical to successful completion of this course.  You will need to bring the handouts for each weeks lecture.  These downloaded lecture notes have pictures of the paintings and other artworks introduced in each lecture.  You will put additional notes directly on the downloaded handout.  This will be your study guide for the mid-term and final exams.  NOTE: Click on "File>Print>Page Scaling>multiple slides per sheet," then put in the number of pages (images) that you want on each sheet (3, 6, 9, etc.)  Don't print out 94 pages!  Do it with 6 or 9 images per "handout"

Syllabus_Fall2010_Art 102








The Golden Age of Dutch Painting

Neo-Classicism, Romanticism, and Goya

Realism, Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

American Art_19th c.


Early Photography


Lecture notes:

Important!  With a PC go to "Print Preview" and indicate the number of pages to print on each page.  With Mac, be sure and open the "scaling" box in the print window.....  select "2 by 2" before hitting "print."

Wednesday, 17 February 2010 17:27

Office Hours

Office telephone: 760/356-6364

Monday through Thursday              12:25 - 1:25 pm

Tuesday evening online                              8 - 9 pm