May 06, 2008

Paulson to teach landscape painting for last time

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Even after he retired in 1999, Robert L. Paulson continued to teach his landscape painting class. It was one class that Paulson, Southern Illinois University Carbondale professor emeritus and former School of Art and Design director, just couldn't watch disappear over the horizon.

But this month, he is offering the class for the last time. And he extends an invitation especially to SIUC alumni.

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Reporters, photographers and camera crews may find this class a good chance to re-visualize the Southern Illinois landscape through a painter's eyes. Contact Valerie Brooks to find out where the class will be on any given day. She may be reached at

The class runs from May 12 through May 23 and is taught "en plein air," or outside. Students may take the class for graduate or undergraduate credit and alumni may take the class using a community listener's permit.

Paulson said approximately half the course happens at the Blueberry Hill Farm in Cobden with seminars in the town of Cobden. Alto Pass and other Southern Illinois sites are part of the course as well.

The course finishes with an exhibition and celebration.

For more information, contact Valerie Brooks at

Paulson joined the faculty in 1967 as a drawing instructor. He became School of Art and Design director in 1993 and remained in that position until he retired.