Yuma Symposium Workshop Collaboration

I had a great time working with participant of the 2014 Yuma Symposium. I asked volunteers to melodramatically act out scenarios where they were attacked by swarms of birds, then we projected the edited video footage over the top of a piece of paper mounted to the wall. Participants jumped right in and spent an hour or so drawing on the paper to see what would happen when we combined hand made marks with the moving video footage. As you can see in the link below we got off to a good start in a short amount of time – who knows what they might have accomplished with a full day of drawing.


Yuma Symposium Tutorial Links

I had a great time at the 35th Yuma Symposium. I gave a lecture and demonstration of my video/drawing process and wanted to post some links to “how-to” tutorials I have created. If you are a Symposium attendee who was brave enough to come to my talk – here are some links you can use to learn how I do stuff:

How to make a looping bird animation in Photoshop. http://scottkolbonewmediatutorials.blogspot.com/p/bird-animation-workshop.html

How to make a looping bird animation move along a path. http://scottkolbonewmediatutorials.blogspot.com/p/flapping-bird-flying-on-path-workshop.html

Hope it helps!


Yuma Symposium Presentation

Scott Kolbo led workshop at Shoreline Community College.Workshop at Shoreline Community College.

I have been invited to the 2014 Yuma Symposium to provide a presentation and workshop later this week (Feb 20-22). I am excited to meet new people, see some amazing art, and experiment with a large scale collaborative projection/drawing. As part of my presentation I will be leading a workshop where participants help create a short vignette involving attacking birds and looping animation. Here is a link to the symposium website:


Should be a great time – thanks to everyone who has worked so hard at the symposium to make it possible.

Summer 2013

It was an eventful summer, full of driving back and forth across the state of Washington… and heavy lifting. I ended up moving my household and studio a couple of times (into storage – out of storage – etc) so this fake headline from the Onion sums my life up pretty nicely.

But I did have some great art adventures. My collaborative partner, Lance Sinnema, beat the daylights out of me in another performance of the “Escalation Project.” The good people of Anchor Art Space were kind enough to let us take our show on the road, and we had a great time experimenting with new live performance strategies. We have big plans for the Stinktown 2 Collective in the future, so keep your eyes peeled for two bald guys in white suits.
Escalation Anacortes

Moving studios meant that I had to do a lot of small drawings and work on the computer, so I tried to concentrate on making the video files for my next round of projections. I created several new versions of “Sonic Medicine: Jeremiah.” Lots and lots of animated birds – never again.

This one is a projection over the top of a drawing on paper (detail of the piece – click the image to watch the video):
Kolbo Jer Sonic medicine 13 SM

And this one is meant to be viewed on it’s own – via projection or screen (click the image to watch the video):
Sonic Medicing Jeremiah HD Video Still

I will spend the fall completing artworks for two exhibits featuring the “Alley Kids.” I am making prints, drawings, and videos for an exhibition at Shoreline Community College in January 2014 and 4Culture in July. It should be a fun year, I will keep posting images in process and announcements for the exhibitions.

July Exhibit at Anchor Art Space in Anacortes

I will have two  pieces in an amazing group show at Anchor Art Space this July. The show was curated by Natalie Niblack and features artists who use themselves as a subject in their work.

Nancy Johnson
Ben Moreau
Scott Kolbo
Tip Toland
July 5-28, 2013
Artist’s Reception: July 5, 6-9 PM
Gallery Hours:  Friday – Sunday  12 – 5 pm & by appointment
216 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes, WA  98221


YP Exhibit 054In addition to exhibiting some new video projections I will also be performing “Escalation” with Lance Sinnema…

Come visit the show, cast your vote, and then watch us duke it out “High School Rumble Style” on the lawn behind the gallery at 8 PM.



Posted on May 16, 2013

One of the great “lucky breaks” of my life has been finding my way into teaching art at the college level. I have been fortunate to work with so many brave and adventurous emerging artists over the past fifteen years, and one of the wonderful things about teaching at smaller Universities has been the pleasure of walking alongside them throughout the full four years of their development and growth. I have loved being able to meet someone their first day of college and still know them well when they walk across the stage at graduation. So many of my students are now friends, it’s an amazing job.

Last year I left my longtime place of employment, Whitworth University, to take on new challenges and try living in a new part of the country. The toughest part of leaving was knowing that I wouldn’t be able to watch all those students I worked with graduate. Last week I stopped in to visit the Whitworth Art Department Senior Exhibit, and I was really proud of the work that these students created.

Christian Cachola-Oldham
Josh De Groot
Matt Eaton
Lauren Hammerstrom
Mary Keilman
Lucas Kok
Janelle Lemieux
Darrien Mack
Yasha Puzankov
Kim Roddy
Sharon Roddy
Carly Schneider
Lesly Selby
Susan Vander Kooi

As a bonus there was great work in the student gallery by Junior art major Matt Comi, and others. I miss working with them – congrats to all these amazing students – way to go…

Senior Exhibition  Real Eyes, Real Ize, Real Lies 
April 16-May 18, 2013
Opening Reception: April 16, 5–6 p.m., Lied Art Center
Closing Reception: May 18, 11 a.m.
Lied Center for the Arts, Whitworth University, Spokane Washington.