Lauren Mantecón, Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

Lauren Mantecón, Photo by Jennifer Esperanza

Welcome to Mantecón Studio! My name is Lauren Mantecón. I am an artist who has been experimenting with paint and mixed media material for over twenty years. Being both a painter and an educator who loves the artistic collaboration, I opened Mantecón Studio in 2014 so I could share my art-making with others. You may view my paintings at

I provide my students with a variety of techniques and inspirations, regardless of background or experience. We explore hands-on creative techniques that include mark-making, pastels, paint, collage, wax, and dry pigments all in combination. Generating ideas and visualizations are provided to spur the imagination. Come experiment and play with an open mind and leave with your own beautiful piece of artwork.

The studio at 123A Camino Teresa in Santa Fe, NM is the space for personalized classes - great for yourself or a group of friends- a once weekly open studio, ( come join locals for an afternoon of painting ) and a variety of featured workshops. Whether you're a Santa Fe resident, or just here for a visit, Mantecón Studio has something for everyone. If you find you’re not able to get to the studio in Santa Fe, you may view my video tutorials instead.


For participants at any level who prefer a more structured art making experience. Lauren provides individualized attention and the opportunity to explore and gain confidence with acrylics, oil, and mixed media. Classes are scheduled at your convenience. 

Open Studio

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or new to making art, the studio doors are open Wednesdays from 1:30 - 4:30 pm. Come explore your creativity with other like-minded people, and paint alongside Lauren in a bright, inspirational space. All materials and some instruction provided.

featured WORKSHOP

The studio now offers a variety of different workshops taught by Lauren, as well as other visiting artists. Color theory, large-scale painting, and book arts are just a few examples of what you will find here. Check back often—we are always adding new workshops to the menu!


Learn more about Lauren’s process, gather inspiration, and gain insight through her writings. Her blog is published regularly, so check back frequently for new posts. She looks forward to your thoughts and comments. If there’s a particular topic you’d like to hear more about, please contact her.