Anatomy in Clay® Centers

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Anatomy In Clay Centers​​​​​​​
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(2013)Formative Haptics Center™
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2201 South Delaware St.
Denver, CO 80223
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2198 W. 15th St.
Loveland, CO 80538
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Mission Statement

ANATOMY IN CLAY® Centers (AICC) is innovating the teaching and learning of anatomy and comparative zoology education using ANATOMY IN CLAY® Learning System. We empower self-discovery in each of us, proving that we are all amazing, while at the same time uniquely connected to each other and the world around us.

Organization History

ANATOMY IN CLAY® Centers exists to expand upon centuries of exploration into human and animal bodies. The system was founded by Jon Zahourek, who pioneered a new way of teaching anatomy more than thirty years ago with a hands-on approach to learning anatomy. In its lengthy history, anatomy has been closely linked with the medical sciences but is also an essential element in the understanding of who we are and how we function in the world, a subject with broad implications.

Jon Zahourek developed the initial concept for Anatomy In Clay® Learning System in 1977 with the creation of the first Maniken® model, a 30-inch tall scale model sculpture of a human skeleton. The purpose was to provide a teaching display to demonstrate the anatomy of muscles in front of classes of drawing students at the Parsons School of Design in New York City.

By 1979, Jon's experience in the classroom dazzled him with how much he learned about anatomy while building muscles on the model skeleton. His original concept expanded with a new goal: to share this learning experience by putting it in the hands of students -- literally "hands on" education in action.

Jon and his wife, Renée, developed a week-long intensive workshop involving this hands-on method that they conducted throughout the United States -- and in London and Stockholm as well -- in a variety of venues. They relocated to Colorado in 1992 and established an office and manufacturing facility for the Maniken model series.
Zahourek created Anatomy in Clay® Centers, Inc. so that other teachers he trained could help share his innovation with a wider audience. A teaching facility was leased for five years in Boulder and beginning in 2012 has a permanent home of its own in Denver. The new Anatomy in Clay® Centers, Denver, is a non-profit organization offering workshops for students of all ages, all levels of preparedness, and all purposes.

In 2012, the Anatomy In Clay® Centers (also operating as the Formative Haptics™Center) was founded by Jon and his wife Renee as a nonprofit organization, operating as a 501(c)(3) public charity. The Center was created to promote and conduct anatomy education using an innovative method of instruction. Our goal is to empower self-discovery in each of us by forming anatomy with our own hands.


"Thank you very much for spending so much time and effort with our students. I have tested both the 6th and 7th graders since your workshop and I have never seen so many 'A's on a science test. It really worked." - Marianne Aiken, Science Teacher
St. Joseph's Catholic School, Fort Collins, Colorado

"I never really grasped anatomy until I started building it from the inside out. I saw students' scores increase by a whole letter grade when I start­ed using the Anatomy in Clay® System. I have the highest average score on my muscle tests that I have ever had. The students really get into it. A former student of mine who is now in medical school called to tell me that she aced her first gross anatomy exam. She attributed her success to having first learned anatomy on the Maniken® model. I would never teach without it again. It has breathed new life into my teaching career." - Jacque Homan, PhD., Biology, South Plains College, Levelland, TX

"I was searching for a methodology that would approach the teaching of anatomy from a different perspective, one that encouraged independence, student-centered instruction, and engaged all types of learners, a method that deviated from the memorization and lecture style currently employed by most anatomy and physiology instruction both atthe high school and college levels. To my delight I found what I was seeking … I have watched the Anatomy in Clay® system transform our program … I would recommend this system to any teacher looking for away to reinvigorate the curriculum and fully engage the students." - Teri Fleming, Science Instructor, Biology and Anatomy (retired)
6-time winner Teacher of Year Award (nominated 12 times more)
Alief Independent School District, Houston, Texas

-Teri Fleming, Science Instructor, Biology and Anatomy (retired)
6-time winner Teacher of Year Award (nominated 12 times more)
Alief Independent School District, Houston, Texas

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