Wow -- I don't know about you, but I would have paid a whole lot more attention in my anatomy class if the professor had let us paint all over a ripped and nearly-naked soccer player for hours on end.
That's just what the anatomy class of Dr. Claudia Diaz, senior lecturer at Australia's Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, did. The Age reports that Zac O'Brien, a 22-year-old chiropractic student, wore "nothing more than a G-string, skullcap, and body paint" while students painted all over his body for eighteen hours straight. He was paid $500 for the project, which began one recent evening, continued through the night, and didn't end until the middle of the following morning.
The project began with stencilling Mr. O'Brien's muscular outline, which took four hours. With an athletic build, he plays football for Essendon's VFL team and hopes to play for the senior side.
Then the students filled in the outline using smudge-free body paint until he was completely covered, every detail defined...
The result of the marathon effort was a striking figure that senior anatomy lecturer Claudia Diaz calls an "anatomical man."
Dr. Diaz started the project in 2010 as a way of making anatomy fun. Students "[found] it boring and they [tended] to memorize everything. That's what they've been taught at school."
She said that students' faces lit up in awe when she brought the first anatomical man into her classroom in 2010. And, as The Age reports:
Students were previously shy about taking off their clothes so classmates could study their bodies. But the painting exercise helped them shed their inhibitions.
"I couldn't get the kids to keep their clothes on. They were all throwing them off," Dr. Diaz said.
She noted that student results have markedly improved since the painting classes were introduced.
A brief informational video about the project is after the jump.