Camp Munch is an art camp for Norwegian youth ages 13 – 20 years. Camp Munch offer a high quality program specifically targeted toward those of you who have a goal of pursuing an education in the visual arts or who have an artistic talent you want to further develop. Camp Munch is a fun and social week together with other youth who share your interest in arts. It is our goal to give young aspiring artists a boost by providing professional guidance for them to develop their artistic talents.

The art theme in focus in 2018 is graphic arts. The art program take place from Monday to Friday, during which you will learn and practice various art techniques. An excursion to Oslo including a visit to the Munch Museum is also organized during the week. Completed artworks from Camp Munch is presented in an exhibit, which together with other activities and entertainment take place at Munch Mini Festival. The first Camp was held 7 – 14 August 2016, and later every second year. The organizer is Løten Municipality in partnership with Klevfos Industrial Museum and Fargefabrikken.

Edvard Munch in Løten

Edvard Munch was born on the Engelaug Østre farm in Løten on 12th December 1863. The family moved to Oslo before Edvard celebrated his first birthday, but the family kept close contact with their friends at Engelaug. Edvard spent his summers at Engelaug in 1875 and 1882, and was active with a pencil and notebook throughout this period. 36 drawings were dated 1882 with motifs from Løten and surrounding area – one year before Munch’s debut as an artist.

Munch’s art has several references to the time he spent in Løten. The locals, the unique light and the lines in the expansive cultural landscape inspired him. Even the midpoint, the mother figure in the famous University of Oslo aula decoration ”Alma Mater” (finished in 1916, the version below from 1940), have their origin from Løten: ”Alma Mater had not been created as it now stands had I not made a drawing as an eighteen-year-old at my birthplace of a wife and child in Hedmark county with the same posture and style. I still have the drawing.” (The Munch memo is in a small grey book according to Ragna Stang: Edvard Munch The Person and Artist, p. 306).

Wife and child (Løten, 1882), Alma Mater (1940).
Wife and child (Løten, 1882), Alma Mater (1940).

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