Youth Studio Workshops

Strengthening academics and character through creativity

Hughes Who Youth Studio is a mobile creativity workshop led by artist/parent advocates Darryl Hughes and Edye Deloch-Hughes. Our mission is to use animation and game design to build confidence, personal character, self-discipline and esteem, within our youth so they may grow academically, socially and culturally.

A division of Hughes Who Productions LLC, a game development company in River Forest Illinois, it is our goal to use our creative skills and parent advocacy experience to inspire, motivate and educate students, especially those who are struggling academically, to become successes.

Kids Learn Differently

As parents, we understand that kids learn differently. Our workshops are designed to help struggling students who are more visual and hands-on in their approach to learning.  These workshops will be custom designed to supplement academic learning through creativity and fun.


Hughes Who Involvement

Hughes Who has participated in career day events in countless schools in the Chicagoland areas; and has conducted successful animation workshops at the following locations:

      • Sojourner Truth Elementary School in Chicago’s Cabrini Green community
      • Brooks Middle School, Oak Park IL
      • Hatch School, Oak Park IL
      • Kidz Express in Chicago’s Austin Community
      • Northstar Lottery/Sankofa House

We have also served as parent advocates for Oak Park Illinois’s Brooks Middle School, Oak Park and River Forest High School PTO, and African-American Parents for Purposeful Leadership in education (A.P.P.L.E.) organization as well as participated in school board committees.

Customized Sessions 

The subject or themes are tied to whatever lessons are being taught, from ecology to African-American History. So it’s important that we work hand in hand with our educators to create a specialized curriculum that encourages each participant to grow and improve their studies.

Hughes Who Youth Studio will hold ongoing workshops taught on site by us, Darryl Hughes and Edye Deloch-Hughes. We also ask teachers, teacher’s aides and/or parent volunteers to help supervise the program depending on the size of the class. Note: Children with special needs may find the workshops challenging. We recommend a specialist or parent to assist. 

We provide: The Animation camera, limited supplies, workshop handouts and instructors.

You provide:  The facility, tables, chairs, supplemental supplies, computers, access to books, research materials, and as needed staff support.


Students work in teams of four to six, depending on class size. Each team works together to create the concept, do research, write the script or high concept sheet, design characters and set them to motion. The result is a game or animated short on DVD.

Measurement Component

After each session, participants are evaluated on what they have learned. We also ask for feedback from teachers and parents. This measurement component is ongoing and part of Hughes Who’s growth strategy.

Hughes Who Game Development Workshop:

Interactive game featuring Chicago’s first settler, Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, for Dusable Museum of African American History’s Discovering DuSable Digitally project.

The fundamentals of game design are taught in a real world studio structure.  K through 12th grade kids are divided into teams according to age and ability. They are taught game ideation, concepting, design, and execution.  Field trips to game studios and digital schools may be included. The end result is a finished game from concept to execution. This workshop teaches teamwork, art skills, problem solving, writing, and presentation skills.  The end product is a PowerPoint presentation and demo DVD


Hughes Who Animation Workshop

The nuts and bolts of the art of stop motion and traditional animation are taught in these sessions. The difference is we teach history, research, science, writing and art all at the same time. Kids learn how to use an animation camera, research a topic, write a script a/o storyboard, create the characters through cut outs and drawing, set it to motion and add sound. They also learn the fundamentals of editing. The end product is a completed animated DVD.

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Session times and duration are determined according to the needs of the school or organization. Sample Session: 2 hour after-school workshops, four consecutive days

Who’s Hughes Who?

Darryl Hughes, Principal Instructor Over 30 years experience as a Game Developer, Creative Director, Art Director, Executive Producer and 2D & 3D artist/animator for a host of gaming and animation companies, with successful slot machine and video games worldwide. He’s worked for a host of creative service and gaming companies: Burrell Advertising, WMS Gaming, Konami, Viacom New Media, Encyclopedia Britannica, Warner Bros., etc. Inventor of 12 game patents. Formerly Served as adjunct animation instructor at Columbia College of Chicago and  full-time gaming instructor at the International Academy of Design and Technology and Tribeca-FlashPoint Academy.  Led 4-man student team to win the 2011 National Microsoft Imagine Cup Competition. Darryl is now Director of Game Development at 2×2 Gaming. Many of his students have gone on to work for Disney, Warner Bros., Blue Sky Productions and Pixar.

    • Judge, Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
    • Animation instructor for traveling animation workshops in Chicagoland inner-city schools
    • Illustrator, children’s book, I like Gym Shoe Soup
    • Little League and Football coach for many years
    • Tutor with A.P.P.L.E. program
    • Serves on Executive Board of Kennedy-King College

Edye Deloch-Hughes, Co-instructor Creative Director/ Producer/Writer with over 25 years experience in the advertising industry. Creator of multicultural broadcast and print campaigns, collateral, video and web as well as outreach programs. Accounts include Walmart, American Family Insurance, Tyson Foods, Voices for Illinois Children, United States Postal Service, Verizon, March of Dimes, and Illinois Department of Transportation. Blogger for ChicagoNow, Raising Hell or Raise Them Well as well as two others  (see blog list below)  Certified to substitute teach in West Suburban Cook County.

Blog List:

    • Student and marketing related projects:
      • Created ComEd’s Professor E Traveling Electric Show
      • Author of children’s book, I Like Gym Shoe Soup, published by Urban Research Press
      • As A.P.P.L.E. President, established tutoring and mentoring program for Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School in Oak Park. IL
      • Wrote, produced and hosted It Feels Good (to Help Your Baby Learn) instructional video for Voices for Illinois Children
      • Served as Creative Consultant for the instructional video series, The Parent Toddler Project and Non-custodial Fatherhood Initiative for Rush Medical Center
      • Recipient of numerous advertising awards including PRAME, Golden Trumpet and Utility Communicators Advertising awards
      • Little League and Football Mom

Invite Hughes Who to  conduct workshops in your school or organization.

Contact: Edye Deloch-Hughes, 708-203-2830 or Darryl Hughes, 773-710-4732. Email:

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