Feets of Clay


Welcome to Feets of Clay, your guide to learning muscles by building them with clay strings.

Feets of Clay is an inexpensive, renewable, and creative way to learn human anatomy, and you do not need to be an artist! Instead of handling static models, performing animal dissections, or just looking at cadavers, you will learn the muscles by hands-on activity. Following the photographs provided, you will place single strings of clay, one at a time, onto the bones of a human plastic skeleton to make each individual muscle. Building a muscle takes about 2 minutes! By examining where the muscles connect to the bone (the origins and insertions), you will be able to derive what the muscle actually does (action). Links to websites show you the animations! Then, print out the flashcards for all the muscles and use them for studying.