European Journal of Anatomy

Official Journal of The Spanish Society of Anatomy
Cover Volume 22 - Number 6
Eur J Anat, 22 (6): 521-527 (2018)

Ultra-violet body painting: A new tool in the spectrum of anatomy education

Gabrielle M. Finn, Peter J. Bazira, Jonathan Bateman, Katherine A. Sanders

Health Professions Education Unit, Hull York Medical School, University of York, Heslington, York, United Kingdom, YO10 5DD

ABSTRACT This descriptive article explores the use of ultraviolet (UV) body painting within anatomy education. Whilst the use of body painting is not new, UV paint has not previously been used within medical education. It is well documented that body painting is a fun and engaging learning tool that, it is reported, uses multiple sensory pathways to promote retention of knowledge. That being said, it is not without its limitations, namely that it rubs off easily and cannot be layered to show superficial and deep views simultaneously ?? something that UV paint can achieve. This article compares the use of normal and ultra-violet body painting within the classroom environment. In addition to offering exemplars for best practice and maximum impact, the article offers practical guidance on the health and safety issues related to the use of the paint and associated UV lighting. UV paint provides a wet and therefore more visceral look to paintings. The fluorescent colour makes it extremely striking visually. One of the major advantages is that UV paint can be layered both on top of and beneath ordinary body paint. Thus when light is applied a hidden layer can be revealed. Use of an adhesive, such as liquid latex, underneath the paint ensures that the artwork lasts and withstands sweating and movement, as well as enabling an artefact to be produced if removed carefully from the body. UV paint therefore makes an excellent addition to the toolkit of any anatomy educator.

Keywords: Anatomy ?? Medical education ?? Art ?? Surface anatomy ?? Ultra-violet ?? Body painting ?? Teaching ?? Learning ?? Medical student ?? Undergraduate

European Journal of anatomy
ISSN 2340-311X (Online)