Art + Science = Awesome
Claudia Diaz is a professor at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia who has undertaken an unorthodox method of teaching her human anatomy classes. After teaching the course for over 20 years, she found the traditional routine of rote anatomical memorization boring for both her students and herself. 3 years ago Claudia began incorporating body painting into the course as a way to inspire and motivate her students. Fellow students are painted by their peers as though their skin has been removed to reveal the structures of their muscles, tendons, and bones.
Featured in these photographs is chiropractic student Zac O’Brien who patiently sat for around 18 hours while fellow students painted him. The finished result is what Diaz likes to call “anatomical man,” first brought to one of her classes in 2010.
”We walked him in and I still remember the looks on the kids’ faces. They were just in awe,” she said. ”I realised it shocked them, it inspired them and it motivated them.” Previously shy about taking off their clothes so classmates could study their bodies, the students began to shed their inhibitions through this painting exercise. ”I couldn’t get the kids to keep their clothes on. They were all throwing them off,” Dr Diaz said.
Visit Beautiful Decay to view more photos from Claudia Diaz’s unusual human anatomy class.