A Canadian teacher has come under fire from parents for allegedly selling nearly 100 works of art created by students using a personal website.
Students of Westwood Junior High School in Montreal, Canada, first noticed the issue on the website of their art teacher, Mario Peron, on the night of February 11 local time. On the website students can see their own art on coffee mugs, mobile phone cases and clothes.
Joel DeBellefeuille, a parent, posted on social media, “Imagine your 13-year-old son coming home from school and saying his art teacher is selling their art for $94 each without telling them! This is totally unacceptable. I’m sure , I’m not the only parent who wants answers.”
The teacher did not respond to the parent’s request for comment. He describes himself as a “lifelong student of art” on his website. His works are exhibited in private collections in Canada, USA, Spain and Italy
More than 90 works are still visible on the site, with work titles such as ‘Julia’s unusual drawing, Charlotte’s unusual drawing’, which are essentially the names of the students who created the art.
Other social media accounts linked to Peron’s art were taken down on Monday, including Instagram and Facebook.