Painting classes in Kigali


We’ve been having a great time with the kickoff of our painting classes. Joe has a group of students who have come to Tongo each week to learn the craft of painting on our small veranda with a view of Kigali.

The classes are about an hour and a half and developed according the students’ skill set. Joe teaches all classes himself in either basic English or fluent French. He draws from his extensive technical training at the Academie des Beaux Arts in Kinshasa and focuses on encouraging each individual's unique sense of creativity. 

Classes start out with the basic theory behind composition and color through demonstrations and personal reviews of each students work. You'll learn how to begin a painting through the developing of a background and the multiple layers which bring a painting to life. But mainly, its about coming together to practice art and enjoy the surprises that come about through the mixture of creativity and acrylic.


The classes currently offered are for adults (aged 16+) and we have both private and small group sessions. If you sign up for a set of 4 classes, we’ll even give you a package deal! Materials are not included but students are able to use our brushes and for a small additional fee we’ll provide both paint and prepared canvases. 

Check out more details below on the classes and schedule your first sesson!

Painting Class Pricing

Private Sessions

  • $30 per class
  • Package: $110 for 4 classes

Small Group Sessions (2+ students)

  • $25 per class
  • Package: $90 for 4 classes

Material Fees::

  • $5 paint fee per class or $15 per package allows you to use our paints
  • $8 per medium canvas (stretched and prepared)
  • Brushes, easel and water available at no cost

Classes are scheduled according to your availability. Each class is about 1.5 hours but may be slightly longer depending on setup time and number of students in the class so we recommend you plan for about 2 hours. 

To schedule your session, please contact us at!

The stunning view from our back porch and your inspiration during our classes!

The stunning view from our back porch and your inspiration during our classes!