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Classes at Berwyn Heights Boys and Girls Club

  • Berwyn Heights Town Center 5700 Berwyn Road Berwyn Heights, MD, 20740 United States (map)

UPDATE: Yesterday, we received word from Berwyn Heights Boys and Club, and we are sorry to announce that  have to reschedule this event for a later date. We are trying to work things out with the Boys and Girls Club Members now, and we will keep you informed when everything is resolved. Until then, please continually check out our events page, as we have planned a few workshops and panels this month at MLK Library in DC, Geppi's Entertainment Museum in Baltimore. In addition, we will be a part of a 2-day Star Wars event in Woodbridge, VA in December. If you would like additional information about any of these events or to talk about bring classes to your area please contact us.

Come learn the basics of Sci-Fi STEAM Character Design, Animation, or Stop-Motion Animation from fantastic local artists at Berwyn Heights Boys and Girls Club. Every Saturday starting October 17 to November 21, children aged 8 through 18 can discover how the cartoon and comic book characters they love come into being. 

Each class focuses on different but important aspects of creation that anyone can learn. Character Design instructs students on how to convey and develop a dynamic and interesting character. Animation 101 teaches how to make characters move and interact on paper. In Stop-Motion Animation, students discover a basic understanding of movies like Nightmare Before Christmas and Frankenweenie by creating their own scene in a group setting. For more information on each of the classes, click here

Classes are $80.00 for 6 sessions and space is limited. Classes will be held in the Love Room of the Berwyn Heights Town Center.  For more information and to sign up, email BHBGC Treasurer Maria Robles at or President Shinita Hemby at or fill out the form below. Sign up now!

Meet the Instructors!

Character Design instructor Darren Soto is a young aspiring artist whose unique style is influenced by anime/ manga art. He has committed himself to using his artistic ability to help the community. 

Darren's vast experience will benefit and guide aspiring artists through the various aspects of the design process.

Animation Instructor Jimmy Horner has found his passion in Baltimore, Maryland. He works with both physical and digital mediums to create his comics and animations. Jimmy has taught art in several settings including merit badge counselor for Boy Scouts of America and a teacher at Hagerstown Community College's College for Kids Program. In college he majored in Visual Arts with a concentration in Animation. After graduating from UMBC, Jimmy started creating medical animations and advertisements at a company called VueCare Media. 


Stop-motion animation instructor Jake Heagy is an animator, illustrator, woodworker, and an amateur game designer based out of Baltimore, MD.  Kind of a "Jake of all trades" (Get it!).  Ever since his days raiding ancient Himalayan tombs in the guise of a beautiful, English aristocrat (Lara Croft from “Tomb Raider” people!), Jake knew that he wanted to create games.  He later went on to study Animation and Interactive Media at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  It was there that Jake studied 2-Dimensional animation, as well as 3-D and Stop-Motion animation.  It was also at UMBC that he was introduced to the concept of “game design” and truly fell in love with it.

Since graduating, Jake has taken to work on a few pet-projects, most of which are with his colleague and close friend, Jimmy Horner. 

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Earlier Event: September 25
Baltimore Book Festival
Later Event: October 18
Southern Maryland Comic-con