Presented by Arts Access Victoria

Wheelie bin camera obscura


Suitable for

Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10

Subject areas

Sciences, Visual arts

A nebula is a place where stars can be created. During the festival, Arts Access Victoria will open their purpose built, fully-accessible mobile studio, Nebula, to students at Birrarung Marr for two special programs, delivered by artists identifying with a disability.


Camera obscura, the ancestor of the photographic camera, was a device that enabled the projection of an image through a tiny hole or lens into a darkened chamber, where it would appear inverted on the opposite wall.


The camera obscura’s first recorded uses are from around the 4th century BC, where they were used as a way of safely viewing eclipses without gazing directly at the sun. By the 16th century, the camera obscura was used as an aid to drawing, whereby perspective and foreshortening of forms could be calculated and recorded.


In this workshop, the workings and science of the camera obscura will be explored in an unusual, fun take by Arts Access Victoria, using wheelie bins as cameras. The bins have a lens that projects an image onto a flat surface at the top of the bin, and when viewed under a hood, the image can be traced, resulting in very accurate representations of the projected image.


Learning Outcomes:

  • students can learn drawing skills, including perspective and the translation of three-dimensional scenes onto a two-dimensional surface
  • they can also consider how light can form images and the reflective and refractive features of a lens.


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  • Thu 2 May 2019
  • 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Fri 3 May 2019
  • 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Nebula at Birrarung Marr


$10 per student

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Nebula at Birrarung Marr

Birrarung Marr


Arts Access Victoria will set up their purpose built, fully-accessible mobile studio, Nebula, to students at Birrarung Marr.


Birrarung Marr is centrally located between the Central Business District and the Yarra, next to Federation Square.


It’s a short journey from Flinders Street Station, and is also served by city trams routes that run down Flinders and Swanston streets, and several bus routes.


There’s also nearby parking at Federation Square, the arts precinct, and city car parks.


Coach drop-offs can be made at the Russell Street extension, and along Flinders Street. The nearest coach parking is along St Kilda Road, opposite the Arts Centre and the NGV.