ALASKA: Circles, Symmetry and Symbols – An Art Journaling Workshop with Printmaking Techniques 24 0715 JP

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5. Color circle exploration
4. Botanical printing
3. Full Page Mother Nature (1)
2. Peek Mother Nature
1. Harmony
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Scenic Denali National Park Alaska Landscape
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Denali Mount McKinley Mountain Alaska
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Circles, Symmetry and Symbols – An Art Journaling Workshop with Printmaking Techniques in Alaska with Jesse Petersen

July 15 – 19, 2024 | Monday – Friday

  • Experience: All levels are welcome. No drawing, painting, writing or journaling experience is necessary.
  • Medium: Acrylic Painting, Printmaking, Collage and Art Journaling
  • Registration: Each student must enroll individually. Click the Cancellation Policy tab above for more info.
  • Materials List: Click the Materials List tab above for a list of required and suggested supplies.
  • **Location: Fairbanks, Alaska.

Embrace the wild and honor your untamed heart in Alaska while making memorable art.

July in Alaska is synonymous with gorgeous weather. So it comes as no surprise that flowers are at their prime, the wildlife is active and the days are warm in the land of the midnight sun.

We will mix colors in rich hues inspired by the lush landscape, and create mono prints on a Gelli plate. As we amass a stack of abstract printed paper we will choose our favorites to incorporate into our art journals for compositions featuring circles, symmetry and symbolism that are personalized and inspiring to each individual.

Circles are symbols of unity, wholeness and harmony and are often found in artwork featuring progress, regeneration and renewal. We will create unique pieces in the form of mandalas, and abstract landscapes all while learning more about the symbols of local indigenous tribes, and be instructed on how to let the area inspire you while creating art in your own style.

If you are looking to escape the everyday, to be inspired in a free frontier and want to enjoy a creative wellness practice with other kindred spirits let’s circle round and relish in the wild of Alaska together!

Questions about the workshop or supplies? Email Jesse at

**NOTE:  The fee does not include travel, lodging or meals. Students are responsible for their own expenses.

The Sedona Arts Center has two room blocks at the SpringHill Suites Fairbanks as well as the Bridgewater Hotel Fairbanks. The SpringHill Suites is set up at the $379 rate with breakfast, parking and internet included. The Bridgewater Hotel is set up at the $239 rate with breakfast vouchers, parking and internet included. Both room blocks will be open to book until June 13, 2024. Click the links below to book your reservations and receive the special rates:

Bridgewater Hotel

SpringHill Suites

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  • SpringHill Suites Fairbanks for $379 USD per night

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Jesse Petersen

Jesse Petersen

My parents tried really hard to discourage me from making art as my career but I’ve always been a rebel. I’ve kept a regular practice of painting and drawing throughout my career. My latest obsession is art journaling. I’ve had long spans of time when I felt like an imposter and other times when I felt I’d never run out of ideas and there wasn’t enough time to make everything I wanted to make. I’ve learned that I have to show up to create regularly. Art journaling is my way of showing up. When I put in the hours anyway whether I feel like making art or not one thing leads to another and the good stuff comes out. I don’t make things I love every day and a lot of the time I make something different than what I set out to make but I’ve learned to just enjoy the act of making stuff. It fills me, it heals me, it gives me the language to say things in a way that I don’t have words for and I love that. I also love sharing what I know and encouraging others to create. So if you really like art, and you think you want to make stuff because you feel called to create I’m here for you, let’s do this!

Paint by Ranger
Dylusions Crushed Grape
Dylusions Pure Sunshine
Dylusions Dirty Martini
Dylusions Tropical Sangria
Dylusions Periwinkle
* Feel free to substitute these colors with similar paint you have on hand!

Black Gesso
White Gesso
Gel Medium or Collage Medium
Glazing Medium (helps paint keep from drying to quickly)
Yes! Paste

Pens / Pencils
White Pen
Favorite Black Pen
Stabilo All Black Pencil

Mixed Media Round #6 Brush
Mixed Media Round #2 Brush
Mixed Media 3/4 flat brush

Gelli Plate 8×10
Compass that you can switch out pencil for pen
Palette Paper and or Butcher Tray
Circle punch for 1 inch circles
Palette Knife ( plastic ones are great)
Craft Knife and or Scissors ( Extra craft knives will be available for those of you who choose not to travel with one)
Metal Ruler
Heat it Craft tool for drying paper quickly (some will be provided on location)

Ranger Kraft Journal 6×6
Deli Paper
Mixed Media Paper and copy paper

Collage Paper Class Kit
Exclusive coordinating collage paper designed by the artist will be provided as part of the class.

Extra Favorite stencils to play with and share
Gelli Arts Printing tool set or different size combs

Here is the link to Jesse’s Amazon List: Amazon Link

Cancellation Policy

Registration and Cancellation Policies


  • Each student must enroll individually.
  • Tuition must be paid in full upon registration.
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices at 928-282-3809, ext 1.
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours which are Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.

In-Person and Online Classes Cancellation

  • Payment in full is due upon registration, or a payment plan can be put in place by the student upon check-out through Sezzle.
  • There is a $125 Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before June 1, 2024. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after June 1, 2024.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full.

Note: We strongly urge students to purchase refundable airline tickets or travel insurance in case of workshop cancellation due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen changes. Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for non-refundable ticket purchases or lodging fees.

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the June 1, 2024 cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.




Jesse is a genuine, amazing person who creates prompts and projects that are accessible to everyone!

Jesse's laid back style and her strong passion for her work shines through. She's easy to learn from and always encouraging "you be you".

She was phenomenal!

What an amazing teacher. She teaches without being pendantic, and I feel like the options are wide open, I could do just the bare assignment or build on each assignment as I feel I can.