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DeKalb School of the Arts

Dekalb County Schools

Visual Arts


  • Active National Arts Honor Society (NAHS- meets every Thursday 3:30- 4:45) with visits to High Museum, Emory‘s Carlos Museum, Museum of Design Atlanta and others.
  • Visit us on Instagram: @DSA_Visual_Arts & @DSANAHS
  • Greene Gallery Openings at DSA:
  • AP Art Show: February 3 6-8pm
  • Spring Show: April 14th 6-8pm
  • DSA Day at The High Museum 


  • Emory University
  • High Museum of Art
  • Museum of Design Atlanta


  • Greene Gallery
  • Master Helpers
  • National Arts Honor Society


  • Visual Arts I
  • Visual Arts II
  • Visual Arts III
  • Visual Arts IV
  • AP Art and Design: Drawing
  • AP Art and Design: 2D
  • AP Art and Design: 3D

Student Perspective: Visual Arts majors at DSA info session for prospective students.


Read all the details of last year's visual arts activities in the State of the Arts Report!


Like what you see here?  Apply in January and February for the following year!  You can find the visual arts portfolio requirements HERE.  Start working on it now!


Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Ms. Jacobs studied the arts at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina. Then returned to Atlanta, and worked at Professional Photo Resources. She obtained her Master’s in Photography degree at SCAD in Savannah, Georgia in 2002. Ms. Jacobs and some fellow artists moved to New Orleans for a bit, but escaped before Katrina. Returning to Atlanta, Ms. Jacobs worked at David Johnson Studio, where she learned to cast, mold and rework bonded- bronze sculptures. She worked for 14 years (2004- 2018) at the Art Institute of Atlanta teaching Photography full time, opening the photography program at the AiA Decatur campus, and was the Director of the Janet Day Gallery for 3 years (2015-18) . In 2006, she taught a study abroad summer quarter in Berlin, Germany, which is now her favorite place to visit. After an Adobe Educator’s Summit at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops she published a book and has written a class on Digital Asset Management. In 2019, Ms. Jacobs taught at Benjamin E Mays High School for Atlanta Public Schools. She has judged the Decatur Arts Festival, Dogwood Arts Festival, as well the Georgia High School Arts Competition. She has shown her personal work at Fay Gold Galley. When she isn’t working, she is enjoying art, working in the garden, traveling or riding her horse Xiola Blue. In the anticipation of working at DSA, in July 2019 Ms. Jacobs resigned from the Executive Board of Atlanta Celebrates Photography, in which she held the position of Chair of the Programing Committee. She was also on the Board of Illuminate Atlanta.
Ms. Jacobs has participated in exhibitions with over 60 gallery shows, from New York to Savannah, New Orleans, Asheville, and overseas in Moscow, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam and Jinan.