Allana M. Benham is a contemporary figurative artist living and working in Montreal. Since 2003, she has co-directed Atelier de Brésoles with her husband Eric Mannella. In 2015, she published the first English translation of Dr. Paul Richer's book New Artistic Anatomy: Female Morphology. She has an MFA from the New York Academy of Art and a BA in Museum Studies from Brown University, and studied landscape painting at the Florence Academy of Art. While at Brown University, she prepared a catalogue of the Minassian Collection of Persian, Islamic, and Mughal miniature paintings. She is a specialist in artistic anatomy and has led courses at Ubisoft and lectured at the Academy of Realist Art, Boston and the Sadie Valeri Atelier in San Francisco. In the fall of 2018 she taught Advanced Figure Drawing at Syn Studio in Montreal. She is hard at work on her next artistic and literary endeavours.


Landscape Painting Workshop

July 20, 10am to 4:30pm / rain date: July 27

Mount Rigaud

Join instructor Allana Benham for a 1-day plein-air painting workshop. Email us for more information.

Cost: $125. taxes included

Lecture at Sadie Valeri Atelier, San Francisco

April 5, 2018

I had a wonderful time visiting Sadie Valeri's inspiring atelier and speaking with her students about the work of Dr. Paul Richer. We discussed Richer's approach to human anatomy and morphology and investigated his findings on the forms of the male and female body.

Torso Workshop: Male and Female Forms

Atelier de Brésoles, Montreal

April 14 & 15, 2018

Join instructor Allana Benham for a drawing workshop that explores the forms of the torso. We will investigate the proportions, skeletal structure, muscular forms, and surface anatomy of the body and consider male and female variations. With reference to Dr. Paul Richer's Female Morphology. 12-hour workshop with live model. Limited enrollment; please contact me if you are interested.

Classes at Atelier de Brésoles

Offering an intensive program of drawing and painting at our Montreal and Hudson locations.

Hudson Artists' Studio Tour: 2017

Spetember 15, 16, & 17, 2017

Thanks to everyone who came to visit my studio on the tour!

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