inley Park High School French 3 students Danielle Pascual, Victoria Bergeron, Jenny Martinez and Tylesha Jordan observe an African mask at the Art Institute of Chicago. | Supplied photo
Updated: April 18, 2013 6:06AM
Tinley Park High School French 3 students and their teacher, Selime Baftiri, ventured into Francophone Africa — part of the continent where French is either the official language, or at least commonly spoken — through the “Art of Africa” exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Students participated in discussions led by Art Institute docents about the significance of wood sculptures and masks from French-speaking countries such as Mali and Burkina Faso, and learned about the interdependence of humans, animals and nature in an exotic part of the world.
After the guided exhibit, students were able to explore on their own. Many visited the Impressionism exhibit, which features French artists.
Students continued their French experience with an authentic Algerian-French-themed lunch at Icosium Kafe in Chicago. The meal of mint tea, chicken pie, couscous and organic crepes reflected Tinley Park High School’s vision of “Healthy Body, Healthy Minds.”