online course
Color and Light with Nadja Leutloff
start 24th August
online course
How to depict the idea and mood with color? How to find a balance of warm and cold colors in the picture? What is the secret of the desired luminosity and ethereality in the landscapes?
Color and light are our tools of self-expression! With them, we share a fresh perspective on reality, create vivid subjects and tell live stories in colors. Erase fears, expand boundaries, create freely with Nadja Leutloff at the online marathon «Color and Light in Watercolor»!
Both light and color are the secret of the dynamic energy in your pictures!
two weeks
four classes
RUB 590 (~ $9)
Video lessons in full HD
Special expert's tricks
Who is this course for?
For those, who want to start drawing

You're afraid to start drawing or you don't know, what point to start from, or you doubt whether it will work out? Maybe you drew as a child, when you went to art school, but you hung up this occupation for many years? Or maybe you're just looking for something for the soul to clear your head? Watercolor marathon is a great opportunity to try!
For those, who want to expand the horizons of creativity
Do you like drawing? You draw well in watercolor, but you'd like to get more: add ethereality, fill the work with light, surely use bright colors and play with shades? You need to come to us! Nadja Leutloff inspires you to do the impossible!
For those, who want to deepen their knowledge
Do you always strive for more? Do you use every opportunity to hone your skills and learn new watercolor techniques and especially techniques in working with color? Nadja will share her own experience and together with you will test everything in practice. Shades of shadows, work with different lighting, the play of bright colors, it's all about improving along with your favorite master!
I'm always nervous when I need to switch from a pencil sketch to color. What shades to choose, where is ocher, and where is yellow? How to work with bright colors to avoid getting a «crazy coloring» as a result?
My dream is to paint luminous watercolors! I'd like to learn how to achieve diffused soft light in a landscape or, conversely, make my watercolors bright and contrasting — need the help of an experienced and supportive master!
Watercolor is fascinating, but also alarming — what color to draw the shadow, if in reality it is just gray? How to understand which shades to choose when you're looking at the reference? How to withstand warmth and depict vibrant natural light?
We will help you to take the first steps!
Nadja Leutloff
Painting is like returning to your real self! This phrase describes my own story the best. For a long time, I was working as an IT developer, climbing towards a goal that wasn't mine but then I finally listened to myself. Finally doing something that I really loved felt amazing – pure freedom and happiness and a start of my journey towards returning to my real self! There was a moment when I've realized that if I don't start painting now it will never happen! I started painting after I was 40 years old, you can start now.
We will inspire you to do the impossible!
In the new course by Nadja Leutloff you'll draw four watercolors. You'll learn how to work confidently with color and light in painting — to choose shades, find successful combinations, think over color schemes in advance to avoid dirt and confusion as a result. Nadja will tell you how to fill watercolors with luminosity and depict the natural flickering light!
Create easily, brightly, at any time and in any place, that inspires you!
Draw a mood, filling work with the sunlight!
Enterclass courses
Our courses are an opportunity!
Opportunity to learn from the best, to be submerged in the artists world, an opportunity to participate in this course for an affordable price. And finally, an opportunity to try and give it your best.
That's an adventure!
Learn new things, have doubts but carry on, continue to enjoy the process and be amazed by the results.
Courses are full of love!
To catch this special watercolor mood, dive into the artistic flow, do something that's important and allow yourself to create fiercely and freely.
Why will this course help you to become a better artist:
You'll learn techniques for drawing bright, light-filled watercolors. You'll understand how the value, color and chiaroscuro are interconnected in the picture and what forms the subject as a whole. You'll learn to see the picture as a set of spots, generalize the secondary and make color accents in the landscape. Nadja will generously share the nuances of watercolor techniques and show how to achieve volume and depth using chiaroscuro and color!
Put all new knowledge into practice in four bright subjects. Together with the master, you'll step by step complicate the work on each component, you'll learn to see the whole picture and show the idea on paper. You'll feel how to stop in time so as not to overload the work with elements and colors, you'll practice value relations and composition. Draw expressively, easily and freely!
Nadja inspires, as her positive, kindness and warmth, too. Thousands of students in her courses have already made sure that everything was possible: unbelievable, impossible, incomprehensible. Nadja doesn't teach, she just falls in love with what she does, helps your creative wings to straighten out!
Nadja Leutloff
Drawing is a simple, affordable way to enjoy at any time. The artist begins to see differently not only the world around him, but also himself in it.
We'll support beginners and give courage to experienced students!
Hone your skills, expand your knowledge, conquer new heights!
Nadja Leutloff
In my opinion, a limited palette is a completely genius thing! It makes life easier especially for beginners! You pick out a limited number of colors that go well together and so it does not matter, you can mix those colors however you want but your painting will look coherent. Paintings done using a limited palette have their own atmosphere, it attracts the viewer.
Enterclass course — series of video classes in full HD.
How can you watch the classes:
The classes will be available in your account at
You can watch the videos from any location in the world and on any device (desktop, mobile).
You have access to all the classes till the end of the course.
Course content:
Street in Meissen
We start with the main thing, which is the value! The grisaille technique will help to understand value relations and see that there is light, even with little color. Together with Nadja, we'll learn how to work with architecture in drawing and get all the nuances of value relations in a picture in order to confidently move to color landscapes!
class 1
The Boat
The next step is a minimum of elements in the subject and a maximum of light and color! We'll learn to depict the feeling of luminosity in a picture without a visible light source, get rid of the fear of bright shades and we'll learn how to combine blurry color gradations with clear boundaries and contrast.
class 2
The Walk
Walk in the midday heat – we'll catch direct bright light, a play of shades and gray shades on the walls of the southern houses. In this class, Nadja will tell you how to depict sharp gradations from shadow to light, choose a palette for darkened fragments and keep freshness and natural colors in the composition.
class 3
At the Pier
Diffused warm light and calm shades of the sea, in such picture you want to spend an unhurried evening with a close friend, dreaming. Together with Nadja, you'll learn how to paint backlight, when only silhouettes are visible, and the sun is partially or completely hiden. You'll learn the features of the value and warmth gradation and you'll work with the composition in the picture. We create peace in watercolor!
class 4
How you'll learn:
Video classes
Classes will be available one by one on the August 24th, 27th, 29th and 31st. You can watch those videos in your account on our website Each class is divided into parts.
Each class is a workshop by Nadja Leutloff, she's going to be walking you through watercolor techniques and explaining every stroke of her brush! You can follow our experts as they are painting and use the tips and tricks that they give you in the video.
The watercolor marathon is a practical and creative workshop! Time to grow and deepen knowledge with your beloved master!
Advantages of the course:
Many benefits
You are getting experience and knowledge from the best!You are going to learn new watercolor techniques and how to create composition . You'll create 4 paintings with Nadja's guidance so later you can paint on your own. Whenever and whatever you want.
Video quality
We have our own production studio with a talented team of professionals who work on bringing you the best quality possible. Each course is divided into parts for your convenience.
You can talk to your fellow students on social media. Even though you are all in different cities or countries you can share your paintings with each other, support and encourage each other online so you never feel alone but feel like a part of this beautiful community that we have created.
Watercolor painting isn't just a technique, it's a way of life!
Our expert:
Nadja Leutloff
Five years ago I left my office job and started taking online painting courses.I would paint a lot using pencils, highlighters and watercolors,I would also paint different things: illustration and portraits,city architecture and landscapes,different textures and more. Along with the online courses I would go to actual painting classes and outside painting(plein Air painting).

It was easier for me compared to some people since I have a background in photography — it was my favorite hobby for over 10 years. It taught me about composition, angles and seeing what can elevate a regular painting to that next level and make it special.

My daily painting practice paid off when a year later I was invited to host my first painting course.
Watercolor works by artist Nadja Leutloff:
Reviews of Enterclass courses:
I'm holding a piece of Marseille's morning sunlight in my hand! Thank you @sergei.kurbatov for an excellent and challenging lesson. A few things I learnt in Sergei's class -
Naples Yellow and Cobalt blue don't mix to make a green. I used @oldhollandcolours Naples Yellow Deep in this and this paint behaves effortlessly.
We used linear perspective for the composition.
Sergei talks about having pools of colors pre-mixed on your palette before beginning the washes. Which makes sense because he works wet-in-wet a lot and running out of color mixes would be potentially disastrous.
He also taught us that's not important to match the details with the inspiration photograph. Just a few details here and there to bring out a few key structures. For eg, the windows on the left-side building are actually single strokes of a dark color.
All in all, it was challenging class for me personally because I'm not much of an architectural landscape artist. Sketching was a behemoth of a task for me. I could have gotten the shadows a bit darker but I love the overall feel of this piece and the many important lessons I learnt in tackling landscapes like these. ❤️ Thank you @enterclass for the English subtitles or I would have never found out how funny @sergei.kurbatov is!
Art marathons are great! And even though I joined this one a bit late, painting with famous artists make me feel like a child on a Christmas Eve 😆 We're painting 4 landscape pictures with amazing @sergei.kurbatov at @enterclass 📺 the topic is In The Morning and this is the 1st layer of the Siberian Mountains painting ➡️ #энтеркласс_утро_4 (mountains are coming soon 😆😉) And now the BEST PART: now it's also available in English! These guys made an amazing job with translation and I'm truly glad, as many of you asked me where one can find useful tutorials. Composition, technique, color combos, usage of all different kinds of brushes... Until the 17th of March there's a special price offer 😉
Finally started the first plot of watercolor marathon with @sergei.kurbatov. @enterclass has been keeping me busy. 😉Very appreciative of the English subtitles! It's great to be able to understand the master's process and laugh after his jokes! 🤣
3rd lesson from @enterclass with @sergei.kurbatov to capture the early mornings. This was a very very challenging session. I lacked focus and made more mistakes. Sergei's depth of understanding of watercolors and interpretation of the scene, knowing what to do on the paper was amazing as always. He also understands the paper he uses very well. Ok, done is done! Moving on to the last one now. 🏃🏻♀️
I am absolutely impressed. . Just wanted to say that you are an absolutely brilliant teacher@sergei.kurbatov!!! I just love the way of your step wise teaching lessons. I found all the art instructions with english subtitles extremely valuable. I learnt lots of things about composition,wet in wet techniques,color combinations and how to create soft edges. Once again, thank you for what you are willing to share and a joy to learn!!!!
Joyeeta Neogi
New knowledge, a lot of practice, support of the master and like-minded people — it’s impossible not to create!
Make your painting meaningful!
Access to first class as of
August 24th
All classes are going to be available till the 8th of September.
Sign up for the course:
RUB 590 (~ $9)
  • access to all lessons for two weeks
How to pay:
Air and light in watercolors — learn how to create living and not-boring stories!
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the schedule of the course?
All classes are going to be available from the 24th of August till the 8th of September. In that time period you can watch the videos as many times as you need. You can also extend your viewing time. You can purchase that extra time and it's going to be cheaper than buying the entire course after the 8th of September.
When am I getting access to the videos?
You'll automatically get access in your profile on our website First class — August 24th, second class — August 27th, third class — August 29th, fourth class — August 31st. Video access will close on the 8th of September at 11:59 pm Moscow time (it does not matter when you purchased the course). You will be able to prolongate the access after the end of the marathon.
What if I don't have time to watch all the classes?
After the marathon ends you will be able to prolongate the accesses to all the classes by paying RUB 990 (~ $15). Even with the prolongation fee the price will be lower than getting it as a separate course.
What do you need to start with?
We recommend using 100% cotton paper with the density of 300 gr/m2.
  • a couple sheets of plain paper or a sketching pad
  • watercolour paper: 4 sheets ,size А3 or А4
These are some brand examples: Saunders Waterford, Arches, Canson Watercolor, Clairefontaine, Moulin du Roy etc. You could buy seperate sheets of paper or a sketch notebook,it doesn't really matter (you could even buy one qiant sheet and cut it into smaller ones). The texture of your paper doesn't really matter.

Natural brush (kolonok), synthetics mix – your choice
  • one thin brush №1/0
  • one fan brush №1
  • a round brush № 4-6 (your main one)

Professional set of watercolour paints (12-24 colours), any brand, examples: Schmincke, Van Gogh, Winsor&Newton, Lukas e.t.c. Watercolors could be in cells or tubes most importantly it should not be the "school art-class watercolor" from an office supply store.

  • a clipboard (hardboard, plywood e.t.c.)
  • paint palette
  • paper tape
  • pencil (B-2B)
  • eraser
  • cup for water
  • paper napkins.
Maybe you should try?
Summer is the best time to try something new!
More color and light in your watercolor works!