As an education advocate, I decided to dedicate part of my life to teaching. This also has led me to doing lectures at art schools, universities, arts organizations and museums.

I'd love to come visit and meet the students at your school! 

To contact me to book lectures, demonstrations or workshops, please send me an email:

info {at} scottbakal {dot} com


Lesley University, Massachusetts
October 23, 2019


Maine College of Art, Maine
April 17, 2019


Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
November 1, 2018

I spoke to students in Brian Rea and Paul Roger’s class at Art Center.

Leeds University of Art, Leeds, UK
May 8, 2018

I will be speaking to students of Leeds University of Art. It'll be an interesting trip as I intend on bringing my students to Leeds to work with students there in 2019. More information on this talk soon.


OFFSET! Conference, Dublin, IRL
March 24, 2018

In front of 200-300 people, I was part of a panel discussion at the OFFSET conference in Dublin.

Sponsored by the Association of Illustrators, the AOI Presents: Creating Your Own Success
Insights Into The Business Of Being A Professional Illustrator With Scott Bakal, Claudine O’Sullivan & Karan Singh.

It was a quick 50 minutes but I had a wonderful time meeting illustrators from around the world.


Dublin School of Creative Arts, Dublin, IRL
March 21, 2018

Being awake nearly 24 hours and only having a few hours after getting off the plane in Ireland by the time I started this lecture, while a bit hazy, I had a great time with the students at D.I.T. The space I did the lecture in was amazing as well being in an old chapel.

I did my usual student lecture with a brief Q&A and looked at a few Senior portfolios.

Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York
February 1 + 2, 2018

I did lectures for two classes at FIT over two days. First was a Book Illustration class for illustrator Eric Velasquez and the following day was a Drawing for Illustrators class for artist James Hoston.

I used to teach courses at FIT for five years up until I moved to Massachusetts so it was sort of a homecoming and a reminder of how much of a good time I had teaching there with so many wonderful people.


New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA), New Hampshire
October 12, 2017

I had a morning visit with a Freshman Illustration class in New Hampshire. The professor, Dom Civiello was a former student of mine and I couldn't be more proud of him and what he's accomplished. I love that he's paying it forward to his own students.

It was a good class filled with delightful people. I look forward to seeing what they do in the future.


Rhode Island School of Art & Design (RISD), Rhode Island
April 25, 2017

I started a full day working with Portfolio students discussing their work with them. I then did a presentation of my work. The students I met at RISD are charming and talented. I had some great conversations and enjoyed meeting so many new people. I look forward to seeing all of them find success as artists out in the world.


Maine College of Art, Maine
November 3-4, 2016

I visited the Maine College of Art not to do a lecture this time, but I was invited to review the illustration program. It is a small but incredibly vibrant school. The students are quite dedicated and I loved seeing their work.

Syracuse University, New York
March 31, 2016

I visited Syracuse again! The last time I was up there was 2006 when I received my Master of Arts in Illustration Degree. I then went to Hartford University to get the terminal Master of Fine Arts. It's hard to imagine its been 10 years since I've been up there.

I was up in Syracuse for two days and did two painting demos and had general conversations with the students about work life, business and anything else that was on our minds. Then, I did a presentation of my work to the illustration department.

Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
March 9, 2016

Open to the public. I had a blast talking with Irish students.

SVA Theatre, School of Visual Arts, New York City
February 23, 2016

I was invited to be part of a panel discussion about navigating your life as a creative. A wonderful event where I got to meet new friends and catch up with old ones.

Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, Vermont
March 26, 2015

Poster announcing the exhibition and lecture.

Poster announcing the exhibition and lecture.

During my demonstration session, I was showing students my sketchbooks and discussing how my 'playtime' in them helps direct the work I do for clients.

Students passing around my sketchbooks and original paintings during the demo part of my day at Lyndon.

University of Hartford, Connecticut
February 27, 2015

I had a Skype lecture with the Seniors through Jacqueline Decker about business practices and other related subjects. Technology is wonderful and connects people but I sure would rather be there in person. 

University of Connecticut, Connecticut
October 16, 2014

The illustration program is small but it has an incredibly active Illustration Club which has brought up many illustrators and artists to speak to them. I had taught an illustration class there for a semester or two about 10 years ago so it was an honor to come back and help support the students.

Here's a quick shot of some of the students. I showered them with gifts of the Skulls of Ultimate Death zine.

Photo by: Cora Lynn Diebler

Photo by: Cora Lynn Diebler

Kansas City Art Institute, Missouri
February 17, 2014

A very humbling experience. As it turns out, the students select who they would like to come visit and for this particular semester, they picked me! It was an incredibly loaded day.

1. I gave an assignment to the entire Illustration Department and a week prior to my arrival, I had to select the top 25 ideas then the top 3 winners who get a free dinner out with the faculty and myself. Of course, I had to present all of the 25 chosen pieces and let them know why I chose them. No pressure!
2. A full lecture of my work and process.
3. A Seniors-Only sit down with them to discuss business-related issues and simply, what it takes to be an illustrator.

It was an incredible joy to meet many of the students and faculty with a very young program but they are taking the illustration education by storm - lots of award winning students already!

The three winners! Kelsey Wroten | Kate Dittman | Johanna Miller

The three winners! Kelsey Wroten | Kate Dittman | Johanna Miller

A quick snapshot a few minutes before I got started.

A quick snapshot a few minutes before I got started.

Ringling College of Art & Design, Sarasota Florida
March 14, 2013

What can I say? It's Ringling! I judged the Best of Illustration and did a lecture for the Illustration Department. Many great folks and students with whom I still speak to today. Great artists and fun school. Actually, this trip prompted a beach vacation in Sarasota of a few months later! Peace, quiet and beach.


A full listing of past speaking engagements:

2015 Lyndon College, Lyndonville, VT -  March
2015 University of Hartford, Hartford, CT - February
2014 University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT – September
2014 Illustrators Ireland Group, Dublin, IRE – March
2014 Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City MO – February
2013 Western Connecticut State University, Danbury CT – Master’s Program – September 2013
2013 University of Hartford, Hartford CT – Illustration Master’s Program – July 2013
2013 Ringling College of Art, Sarasota, FL – March 14, 2013
2012 Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA - October 18, 2012 (Private lecture)
2012 New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain CT – October 11, 2012 (Open to public)
2011 New Hampshire Institute of Art, NH
2011 Columbia College, Chicago, IL
2010 University of Hartford. CT July 12, 2010
2010 New Hampshire Creative Club, NH
2009 Academy of Art San Francisco, CA, Apr. 7, 2009
2009 San Jose State University, CA, Apr. 8, 2009
2008 Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, PA Guest Lecturer, Nov.21, 2008
2008 Society of Illustrators, Educators Symposium, Effective Class Assignments, Guest Lecturer
2008 Marywood University Master’s Program, Guest Professor
2008 Savannah College of Art and Design, GA Guest Lecturer
2008 Fashion Institute of Technology, NY, Guest Lecturer for Master’s Program
2007 Marywood University Master’s Program, Get your Master’s with a Master, Guest lecturer
2007 Lyndon College, VT Guest Lecturer; Demo
2006 Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, PA Guest Lecturer
2006 Fashion Institute of Technology, NY, Guest Lecturer
2005 Business of Being an Illustrator, Optimum Design, NY
2003 Advocacy Issues for Artists, Briarcliffe College, NY
2002 ‘Freelance Horror Stories’ Panel Discussion, School of Visual Arts, NY
2002 Business of Illustration, Graphic Artists Guild, NY
2001 Business Practices for Illustrators, Parsons School of Art, NY
1999 Portfolio Talk, School of Visual Arts, NY
1998 Portfolio Talk, School of Visual Arts, NY