Friday, March 30, 2012

Guy Hubbard

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I recall a conversation with Guy Hubbard in which he reflected upon paper-and-pencil testing as it impacted his own life as a student. Guy was born in Nottingham, England. Following his elementary and secondary school education, he studied at the Nottingham College of Art and London University.

He was most uncomfortable with the excessive emphasis upon "testing" as a means for professional advancement as practiced in England. Hence, following his service in the Royal Air Force, he and his wife, Jennifer, moved to Canada. He later enrolled at the University of British Columbia, where he received his second bachelor's degree.

Guy taught in British Columbia between 1956 and 1959. He then enrolled in Stanford University, where he completed his MS and PhD degrees. It was at Stanford that he met Mary Rouse, who later became his co-author and colleague in the Art Education Department of Indiana University.

Whereas Hubbard spoke eloquently about the pitfalls of testing, it should be noted that he was one of our most systematic thinkers about the nature of art education content and instruction. Together with Mary Rouse, he authored a contemporary series of interrelated elementary-level art education textbooks, Art In Action. Following Mary's death, he authored junior high school textbooks and revised the elementary series.

What always impressed me about Guy Hubbard was his systematic and comprehensive approach to teaching. No doubt this was related to his having taught in Art Education and Computer Based Programs. Early in his career, he anticipated the importance of computers and digital images for our field. I was over 30 years ago that he developed an impressive matrix describing the scope and sequence of the Art in Action series. His approach recognized the importance of translating words into actions. At the same time, he resisted simplistic "how-to-do-it" solutions. Hubbard's writing encouraged students to explore four basic disciplines: creative expression, aesthetic perception, art heritage and aesthetic criticism. Truly, it was a "comprehensive art program" that he advocated.


Of course, it was a pleasure for me to work with him as Editorial Advisory Board members for Arts & Activities magazine. I shall always think of Guy and Jennifer as people with great intelligence and style. They enjoyed their sailboat and cruised in Florida, the Great Lakes, Long Island Sound and the Chesapeake. But, most important, Guy Hubbard was a responsible and dedicated art educator who managed to make sense of things he cared about as they impacted others.


Dr Guy Hubbard began writing for Arts & Activities magazine in 1981, with his "Teaching Art with Art" series. Over 26 years, he composed roughly 130 articles. In 1992, he took on the monthly "Clip & Save Art Print" series. His Clip & Save features totaled 140. Dr Hubbard continued to write for Arts & Activities until ill health caused him to stop in the summer of 2006. Guy Hubbard contributed much to Arts & Activities, and all of us involved with the magazine will be eternally grateful.--Editor

In general, history is made up of accounts and analyses that help us understand who we are and how we have come to where we are. Oftentimes, we speak of "the history of art educators," but there's no simple narrative that tells the full story. These are histories. When you come down to it, our history is made up of accounts of people and institution--their actions and ideas. As the years go by, I frequently pause to think about individuals who've influenced me. These thoughts and memories serve as the basis for this series, "Art Teachers I Have Known."--JJ.H.

Jerome J. Hausman is a visiting professor at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and serves on the Arts & Activities Editorial Advisory Board.

Hausman, Jerome J.

Source Citation
Hausman, Jerome J. "Guy Hubbard." Arts & Activities Apr. 2012: 12. Fine Arts and Music Collection. Web. 30 Mar. 2012.
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