In these days of Zoom and gloom, online art classes are in high demand. Long before they became a necessity, Jescia Hopper, a middle school art teacher from Fargo, North Dakota has been creating printmaking and drawing video tutorials that went viral on YouTube.


March 7, 2020

On January 1, 2020, my YouTube channel hit 100,000 subscribers! That level of support and enthusiasm for learning about art is unreal to me! For reaching that milestone, YouTube sent me a Silver Play Button. I decided that the best way to celebrate was to "unbox" the a...

July 7, 2018

My painting “Year In Review” is gracing 100 skateboard decks at THIS Skate & Snow in Fargo! Here’s your chance to support local art AND your local skate shop! Get a deck for $45! For you out-of-towners, you can order one on their website ( and...

Cardboard boxes have intrigued Jescia Hoffman Hopper since she was a kid.

The Fargo artist remembers spending hours playing with boxes her father brought home from his job as a plumber, sometimes filling the entire upper floor of their home with little box towns.


April 21, 2016

FARGO – As a 30-year-old professional, Jescia Hoffman Hopper knows she's too old to play dress-up and live in an imaginary world.

So she does it through her art. Hopper's show "Paracosms" is a fascinating collection that places adult anxieties in a child's playground. T...

April 19, 2016

Paracosm (n.): a detailed, prolonged imaginary world created by a child that includes human, animal or alien creations

Spirit Room Galleries presents Paracosms, a series of work six years in the making. Jescia Hoffman Hopper will be exhibiting explosive watercolors and...

Dino-clad and smashing toy-size trains, Jescia paints self-portrait vignettes of paracosms- a fully-developed imaginary universe created by a child.

“My work is a challenge to the notion of the seriousness of adulthood,” says Hopper. “By putting on the costume or creati...

High Plains Reader editor Sabrina Hornung had the exclusive opportunity to sit down with Jescia Hoffman Hopper at her home studio in Fargo and visit about the origins of Paracosms, her creative process and what makes a successful Youtube video.

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March 18, 2016

Jescia Hopper, a middle school art teacher at DGF schools recently finished her Master’s degree and Thesis from Maryland Institute College of Art. Her graduate supervisor nominated her for the inaugural “Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award,” initiated by the United State...

FARGO — Deviating from her traditional watercolor media, Jescia Hoffman Hopper shakes two aerosol paint cans. The artist-teacher has been working in urban art since returning from her graduate studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore last summer.

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