Julia Forsyth

Burks Art Teacher

Julia Forsyth Bio

Hi Burks Eagles!

I’ve been teaching art in McKinney ISD since 2012. I taught art part-time for 2 years at Slaughter Elementary, then I taught art full-time at McNeil Elementary for 3 years. In the summers, I’ve taught kids’ art camps and adult linocut workshops at The Art House on the square in downtown McKinney.

I graduated with a degree in art from Baylor, and am a member of NAEA (National Art Educators Association.)

It’s hard to narrow down what I like most about being an art teacher, but here are a few of my favorites. I really enjoy seeing the excitement in the students’ eyes when they’re adding sprinkles to their paper mache donuts or carefully sculpting the finishing touches on their clay bobbleheads or clay owls. Seeing and feeling the magic of the “reveal moment” when students pull the print they’ve been working on for weeks is always rewarding. It makes my art teacher heart so proud when students come into art class not knowing how to draw something and thinking it’s too hard, but then…learning how to visually break down what they want to draw into shapes and seeing them prove to themselves that they CAN draw it!

Making art is one of my favorite things to do, and I’m honored to be able to help students learn to express themselves in several different media through art.

In the summers, I like to hang out with my husband and our 2 boys and hike through the beautiful Colorado mountains.