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Like Kai Chan

Like Kai Chan

| 11 min

In this short film, sculptor and textile artist Kai Chan shares his artistic philosophy of economy and repetition with young artists who build extraordinary, complex 3D structures using simple materials and basic techniques. Part of the I Can Make Art ...series.

  • writer
    Jane Churchill
  • director
    Jane Churchill
  • producer
    Tamara Lynch
  • director of photography
    Kent Nason
  • sound recordist
    Arthur McKay
  • editor
    Joey Calugay
  • production manager
    Jan Nathanson
  • researcher
    Elaine Shatenstein
  • series researcher
    Jane Churchill
  • series art consultant
    Nancy Retallack-Lambert
  • art consultant
    Sharon Fernandez
    Willie Reid
  • artist
    Kai Chan
  • workshop leader
    Kai Chan
  • music composer
    Eric Lemoyne
  • stills photography
    Colin MacKenzie
    Jane Churchill
  • additional images
    Isaac Appelbaum
    Kai Chan
  • additional art consultant
    Jenni Blackmore
    Anne Newlands
    Dale Sheppard
    Wendy Wilson
    Vivian Grey
  • sound editor
    Tony Reed
  • foley artist
    Karla Baumgardner
  • assistant foley artist
    Elana Medicoff
  • foley recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • re-recording
    Shelley Craig
  • online editor
    Sylvain Desbiens
    Denis Gathelier
  • digital editing technician
    Chaz Oliver
    Ochelle Greenidge
    Martine Forget
    Phyllis Lewis
    Danielle Raymond
  • animation design
    Jane Churchill
  • animation
    Benoît Chagnon
  • titles
    Benoît Chagnon
  • digital imaging
    Louise Overy
    Pierre Landry
  • marketing manager
    Moira Keigher
  • post-production coordinator
    Claude Cardinal
    Linda Payette
  • studio clerk
    Christine Williams
  • studio administrator
    Marie Tonto-Donati
    Nickie Merulla
  • executive producer
    Sally Bochner


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Ages 9 to 12

Study Guide - Guide 1

Arts Education - Visual Arts
Diversity - Identity
Media Education - Film and Video Production
Science - Physical Science

Initiate a project in which students build a sculpture similar to that of Kai Chan. How does sculpture differ from other art? Examine the scientific principles of balance, dimensions of space and matter in this kind of sculpture. Discuss the importance of immigrant artists in Canada and their effect on Canadian culture and identity. How does student narration engage the film’s audience?

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