Mr. Jay Davis

Hello, welcome to Art!

Welcome to Art!

My name is Mr. Jay Davis!  This is my 25th year teaching art! 

I maintain a blog for my classroom.  Usually, I will update my blog every few weeks with new photos of student artwork and explanations of our activities.  Please follow the link below to check out our art room blog:

Below is a copy of our art syllabus:

Art Syllabus

Heard County Middle School

                Visual art classes last for one nine week grading period. During this time, students will be engaged in a number of drawing, painting, ceramic (clay), art history, and other art activities.  It is my sincere hope that our art program will be challenging, yet engaging and fun!  Our students will develop skills in creativity and critical thinking while engaging the Georgia Performance Standards in visual arts for their grade level.  Please visit my classroom blog at to stay updated on what’s new in the art room!  You can also find a link to my classroom blog on my page in the Heard County Middle School Website.


  • The students will need some kind of paper.  I prefer a sketchbook, but any type of paper is fine. The students will need a pencil and I encourage them to bring a large eraser.  Students are also welcome to bring their own art supplies, especially if they have special items that they prefer.  The students need to bring their sketchbook and pencil/eraser to class every day!


  • 60% Daily Participation and Effort: Students will need to try their best and work hard in art class.  Any student who follows that suggestion will show marked improvement during the course of the nine weeks.
  • 40% “Portfolio” Finished Artworks: This grade will come from several pieces of finished, high quality artwork that will take several days of work to complete for each piece.  In art, the student’s artwork is also the assessment.  Portfolio level artwork will count as the “unit tests”.Artwork that is not turned in on time will receive a 60 as a place holder until the work is turned in.  If the work is not turned in before the end of the 9 weeks, the 60 will become the final grade.

Rules for the Art Room:                                                Remind 101 (Text the following code to 81010)

  • Try                                                                                6th: @5cfabb
  • Work Hard                                               
  • Be Respectful                                                             7th: @5cfab
  • Be Responsible                                       
  • Keep the Room Safe and Clean                               8th: @5cfabb8

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Art ProgressionThe 1st 9 weeks of each year that a student takes art is called “boot camp.”  Boot camp is a course that focuses on developing the fundamental technical and creative skills needed to make art.  It is a fairly traditional art classroom experience.  Students who take art for a 2nd (or more) 9 weeks are in “advanced art.”  Students in advanced art determine for themselves which art supplies and subject matter they will explore.  The students are self-directed with support and feedback from the teacher.



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