The local library is a window to many worlds: The world of stories, the world of knowledge, the world of learning. The librarian opens this window every day so readers young and old may discover these worlds and breathe the fresh air of insights and ideas.
Hands-on animation offers librarians an instrument to engage everybody in these ideas. The approach is practical: Groups and individuals are invited and enabled to explore and interpret these worlds - past, present and future, real and imagined - in their own animations.
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 creates 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 offers an intensive experience of shared achievement. Conception, preparation, revision, production and evaluation all benefit from collective input.
As a result...
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.