Sponsored Content: \u201cIf I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.\u201d Those words, from artist Marc Chagall, explain why many novices are reluctant to attempt making their own art. \u201cMost people, of all ages, believe they need to know how to draw in order to create art,\u201d said Antonio Mu\u00f1oz. \u201cIt\u2019s a self-limiting thought that isn\u2019t true.\u201d \u201cArt comes from emotions,\u201d said Patty Labozzo, \u201cand we all have emotions.\u201d Mu\u00f1oz, a graphic designer and visual artist, and Labozzo, a creative writer, are the Ridgefield residents whose friendship and shared outlook have found an outlet in Art Play. Focusing on the hands-on exploration of mixed media, acrylic, and collage, Art Play offers weekly classes for several age groups (4-5, 6-8, 9-12) at Jesse Lee Memorial Methodist Church on Main Street in Ridgefield. Classes for teenagers and adults are also available. Unlike craft-focused programs, Art Play aims to weave art theory and education into\u00a0projects using artist-grade materials. Mu\u00f1oz and Labozzo also provide an emphasis on design. \u201cWe want our students to unleash their creativity,\u201d said Mu\u00f1oz, a member of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, who served on the group\u2019s board of directors from 2010 until earlier this year. \u201cWe provide the tools, and the techniques, and also the freedom they need to create in a stress-free environment.\u201d Mu\u00f1oz and Labozzo met two years ago. \u201cI was my daughter\u2019s home-room mother at Scotland [Elementary] School,\u201d said Labozzo. \u201cWe needed to create a project for the annual art gala and we were stumped. I saw some of Antonio\u2019s work at various places and absolutely loved it. I found his email online and wrote to him, and within 45 minutes he sent an email back saying he would love to assist.\u201d \u201cI got Patty\u2019s message and was inspired,\u201d said Mu\u00f1oz. \u201cWe decided to do something with the kids\u2019 hands, which change significantly as they grow older. Patty had the students ink their hands and place them on paper, and I then vectorized them into a print that became a piece on plexiglass.\u201d Art Play had its first classes in May, and Mu\u00f1oz and Labozzo are already thinking about expansion. In addition to more classes, the two have plans for after-school enrichment programs, birthday parties, and Family Art Night. \u201cWe would bring the materials to the house and help the family create art,\u201d said Mu\u00f1oz. \u201cIt could be a few hours where everyone puts their cell phones and laptops away and has fun together as a family,\u201d added Labozzo. Less than four months since its inception, Art Play is already receiving praise. \u201cGreat for all ages,\u201d wrote a parent in a Facebook review. \u201cThey know how to bring out the artist in your child and really make them fall in love with art while learning so much about what they are doing. Simply an amazing class and program.\u201d \u201cOur aim is for people to have fun and take home something of quality that they can be proud of,\u201d said Labozzo. \u201cThat\u2019s our goal \u2026 that\u2019s what makes us happy.\u201d For more information visit\u00a0\u201cArt Play at Jesse Lee's Facebook\u00a0page, contact Patty Labozzo at 203-438-6252, Antonio Mu\u00f1oz at 203-918-1498 or email@example.com.