Animation draws on a wide range of craft and art techniques. Skills are developed step by step, as part of practical, productive activities, and constantly reinforced and refined. As a result, animators discover their expressive potential and develop create confidence that stops them being held back by perceived limitations.
Animations facilitates the creation of audio-visual narratives. All elements - story lines, characters, movement, sound - are crafted manually by the animators. As a result, they develop a deeper understanding of the underlying structures of narratives they encounter elsewhere, both in today’s media-rich world and in the literature and art of past eras.
Animation utilizes digital technology to capture and process images. But everything that can be seen in an animation is crafted by the animators' own hands, in real time and space. As a result, they assert their artistic independence and learn to regard computers and cameras as a tool rather than a source of creation.