Art Smart was started by stay-at-home mom and artist, Stacy Pae, in her Irvine home. Quickly, her weekly art class turned into two classes, then three, then five, and additional classes were added for teenagers and adults. By 2007 there were too many students for Stacy's home to hold, so Art Smart moved into the current Tustin location in order to accommodate her students, and enable her to bring in some additional art teachers. In 2015 Stacy relocated to Seoul Korea due to her husband's job; and then in June of 2016, Stacy officially handed over the reigns to current owner, Blake Pannell, businessman, teacher, storyteller, husband to Trudy, and father of 4.