Mr. Jacobs


Jake Jacobs

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I'm the Art teacher at New Directions Secondary School in the Bronx. I used to work in publishing, for example making vampire comic books, animated cartoon episodes (that was fun!) and graphic design on computers - but I have been a teacher since 2007, trying to bring more technology into the classroom.

I was born in NYC and grew up on West 91st Street but I also lived in Brooklyn and Westchester. I live in Rockland now, near the big mall.

“I can’t do that!” I actually like when students say they don’t know how to draw or make art because that’s the whole reason for art class. My challenge is to get kids to follow interest but to also try new things. Taking risks in Art means experimenting, and seeing what happens. That’s learning!

I also teach an after school club called Rock The Arts where I teach guitar for beginners, plus painting, drawing and crafts.
I’m really good at collaborating with students. Most Art teachers don’t like to give sketches or make artworks together with kids, but I am different, I help turn their ideas into art that they can work on in a role that makes them comfortable.

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Reaction video | Students show their artwork along with faces reacting. They add sounds and music for a fuller experience. Added on Monday, June 6, 2016 - 10:03, with
ARE CLOWNS RUINED? Why do today's teens fear clowns? | Our art students were asked to make a reaction video showing two of their artworks. We showed pictures of clowns as examples, one a friendly clown and one scary. Many of our students explained that... Added on Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 23:36, with
Donald Trump and the KKK? What's up with that? | The Washington Post reported that Donald Trump's dad was arrested in 1927 during a march of the KKK that turned violent. Added on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 11:00, with 2 comment(s)
Calligraphy | First Step: Check out these amazing calligraphers: Calligraphy Pages Pt. 1/4 from Luca Barcellona on Vimeo. Second Step: Find and watch "Jacobs' How-To-... Added on Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 10:12, with
Making Learning Competencies Shorter for Art | For Art class, I turned seven of the learning competencies into very short names, mostly just one word. This makes it easier to think about for visual art. PRECISION - doing things carefully, exactly... Added on Monday, June 23, 2014 - 13:08, with 4 comment(s)
Miami Heat Going Down? | Last night the Heat got blown out by the Spurs. This means Lebron and Miami are now facing elimination. The Heat are a big deal in my school but people don't realize Tim Duncan has more rings than... Added on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 09:25, with 1 comment(s)
Hoodie Day? | Mr. Paul told kids in our school that today was going to be "hoodie day", a day to wear hoods to remember the second anniversary of the Trayvon Martin incident. So I wore my hood today, but as the... Added on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 10:38, with 4 comment(s)
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The domino effect | It seems like bullying keeps passing down from... 4 years 20 weeks ago in response to My Dream - Stop Bullying
Judging fashion.... | Hi I am the Art teacher at New Directions... 4 years 27 weeks ago in response to How does fashion influence teenagers?