The Rivershop, fluid art and woodworking teacher

The Rivershop

The Rivershop

location_on London

local_activity classes: Resin ArtFluid ArtWoodworking

4.9 (45)
Instagram followers14k

Richard has been teaching this intro class since 2018 after realising that all the challenges of working with epoxy resin were bound to be frustrating aspiring makers around the world as much as they were for him. After realising that working with epoxy resin was actually quite easy once you knew a few simple tricks and the basic principles, he started inviting you to join him in the workshop to master the tricks of the trade for yourself.




Dhanishta Ramdin Apr 2024

Great class overall.
Good choice of colours for the resin class
Venue was appropriate.
Teacher was friendly and approachable

Keval Patel Apr 2024

Great class, great humour from Ben, and I have to brag about my beautiful design.
Very informative sessions made me realise I would much prefer to go to a class than DIY epoxy.

Douglas Tilney Apr 2024

Dan was great on my part 2 wood and resin course. Provided lots of guidance and tips with regards to cutting to size, sanding and finishing my projects. Many thanks. Doug

Rachna R Nair Apr 2024

I have been thinking of attending this workshop and so glad I could finally do it. Dan was very helpful, guided through the process and patiently answered all the questions we had. 9 of us did 4 coasters each and every single coaster was unique and beautiful. Thoroughly enjoyed!

Fluid Art class review by Rachna R Nair - London

Seema Chopra Mar 2024

I bought the introduction to table top making course as a gift for my partners birthday.
Dan was really informative, thorough, knowledgeable and funny!
The venue was fantastic, a lovely studio set on the Thames, with lots of light and really tidy and inspiring.
The equipment was in good condition and we had access to so many tools. We mainly used the router, sander and circular saw. We were taught how to use the power tools safely.

We created a beautiful table top each. We could use it as a stool, table or whatever we like.

We were encouraged to finish the table tops to a professional standard and even got to coat it with a beautifully scented natural oil and colour pigment.

It was fantastic value and we would love to book in again.

We would feel comfortable working with Dan on future projects.


Jordan Garratt Mar 2024

The whole experience was enjoyable and interesting. The host was great and patiently took us through the process of using the machinery in a safe and proper way. The end product looked great and I can’t wait to use it.

Am definitely interested in taking the other classes available

Woodworking class review by Jordan Garratt - London

Andrew Wray Mar 2024

Myself and my wife (Cecilia) did the bread board making class with Dan and thoroughly enjoyed it. Everything was well explained, it was really hands on and Dan was always available to help or offer advice. Most of us were beginners and learnt to use various new tools, which has motivated us to learn more.

Olu Onafujabi Mar 2024

I had a great experience learning something new at the epoxy resin art workshop. I enjoyed it.

Doug Tilney Mar 2024

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

The beginner Epoxy Resin course was great, all equipment provided, very knowledgeable instructors who were able to provide all the advice needed. Would thoroughly recommend as either a gift or for those wishing to try something new.

Farani Mar 2024

I’ve always wanted to learn how to do seascapes resin art. This class was perfect, and teacher was great & friendly. It was fun doing it as a class and the space is interesting to look around. I chose to do an extra after the coasters.

George Morris Feb 2024

Great knowledge passionate teacher and really fun experience. Will be back again for another class!

Elizabeth Lucas Feb 2024

Really great workshop! Super informative and can’t wait to see the finished product once it’s dry

Beginners' Epoxy Resin Workshop review by Elizabeth Lucas - London

Chloe West Feb 2024

Very enjoyable and inspiring. Richard got us right into activity imparting tips and techniques at the time of doing it. Excellent teaching method. Nice to see samples of other things that could be done with expoxy resin, very inspiring. I will be back :-)

Emily Jan 2024

3 ClassBento workshops attended

Thoroughly enjoyed taking this class. I will definitely book another class at The Riverside Studio

Pedro Geppert Jan 2024

Really enjoyed the course. Group size was perfect and the while the venue and power tools were a little daunting at first, that quickly changed thanks to our increased confidence gained through the advice from the hosts.

I’d say I take the course again but there are only so many bread boards one can have in a house…

Rebecca Ellis Jan 2024

Really great class where I learnt lots of new skills!
The teachers were very patient and explained everything really well.
The class size was really good - there were plenty of machines so we didn't have to wait long to use the tools.
The finished products look great too! Would definitely recommend!

Karim Ramadan Jan 2024

What an amazing class with amazing instructors! I can't recommend it enough for a great weekend activity!

Francesca Lees Jan 2024

My girlfriend bought me this for Christmas, what a treat! Had an absolutely amazing time and now have a beautiful bread board for the house :D the instructors were brilliant, very knowledgable and very friendly. Will hopefully return with my girlfriend at some point ! Would recommend to anyone :)
Chris Barker

Paul Williamson Jan 2024

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Had a great time learning all about Resin, really informative and Richard was a great teacher

James Otkay Jan 2024

Great course, thoroughly enjoyed it!

Alice Jan 2024

The teacher was friendly and taught well.
The class was fun and the works are beautiful!
Compared with other classes, it’s good that River Shop offers free delivery without extra charges. The class includes 4 coasters and allows you to do 4 different designs on your own.
Generally recommended!

Tiffany Jan 2024

This was a really great introduction to epoxy resin. Richard was extremely knowledgable and was able to answer any question thrown at him. Despite having experimented with resin before, it turns out I knew absolutely nothing and I wish I had done this course prior to ruining my piece! Richard took us at a steady pace through how to make the mould, preparing the wood, mixing and colouring the resin, and finally pouring the resin. The workshop was also really well equipped and the major bonus was the parking out front I would highly recommend this course for anyone who is interested in making resin pieces - whatever the size. A huge thank you to Richard!

Paul Jan 2024

Informative, fun and would recommend. Richard comprehensively guided us through the basics allowing us to leave with enough knowledge to carry on at home

Vicci Moore Jan 2024

The teacher, Richard, was great - really informative, personable and engaging. I was a complete beginner to anything like this and learnt loads thanks to him!

The venue was very cool and all materials were provided. It was a little cold so I recommend taking layers if doing the workshop in winter.

Something to note is that you don't really have a finished product after this workshop - you need to do part 2 to finish the item (I wasn't aware of this when booking).

All in all a great workshop and very informative.

Zoe Shelton Jan 2024

Teacher was very helpful and explained how to mix resins, colours and how to achieve different results. Group was small which allowed for instructor to give one to one feedback

Charlie Dec 2023

I had a great time at this class and it was perfect for a total beginner like me. Dan the teacher was very nice - informative, patient, fun and good at what he does! Would recommend to anyone looking to try something new.

Dan Plane Dec 2023

The whole class was great. Dan, the teacher was excellent, friendly, explained things really well and with nice, clear demonstrations.
The materials provided were lovely, plus sustainable, and the opportunity to practice on pieces was great.
The workshops were well kitted out for the group size and we never felt like we were waiting around for ages to do something.
The chance to use lots of kit I am aware of, but haven't been able to use was the best part for me. And having an expert on hand to give specific guidance and explanations on our work was brilliant and something that can't be got from YouTube.
We're really happy with our pieces!
Can't recommend the River Shop enough! We'll surely be back.

Woodworking class review by Dan Plane - London

Siyu Dec 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended

I loved this class! I signed up to learn a bit more about woodworking and it was a great experience! The teach was friendly and very helpful, they gave us everything we needed to do a small table top (and they will deliver it to our house for free!). I very much recommend it!

Roy Ironside Dec 2023

The venue was excellent very good and clean work shop. Teaching was very good and helpful thoroughly enjoyed the lesson.
Didn’t feel we got value for money as in my opinion a bit over priced.

Robert Taylor Dec 2023

Fantastic morning, seascapes was a brilliant intro into epoxy and brought out my artistic side, the instruction was excellent, very knowledgeable and good options to do more than just the coasters with the time. Can't wait to get started at home now, fully recommend.

Epoxy Resin Art Workshop: Seascapes review by Robert Taylor - London

Robert Taylor Dec 2023

Superb class, lots of sanding! Excellent instruction and great tips on how to make it go from home made to professional. Fully recommend and planning my next visit.

Johann Grobler Dec 2023

Had a good time. A relax environment with a world of information and tutors has a wealth of knowledge and is comfortable in his method of teaching. This makes for a very enjoyable time. The venue is perfect for this type of workshop. 10/10

Alberto Nov 2023

Excellent introductory class. Good explanations about types of wood, prep work, tools, oils. Overview of all the equipment and professional tools available in the workshop.
In about 4 hours you will be very satisfied in having built an amazing, professionally looking, finished table top.

Benji Stiles Nov 2023

10/10 Would recommend this. Really good course i learned a huge amount and the staff are really helpful going out of their way to give extra input. Great idea for a day out and to brush up on your knowledge for all experience levels.

Joby Reeves Nov 2023

Thoroughly enjoyed this class! The teaching was informative, and the tools/materials available worked perfectly.

It was great having access to some of the high-end power tools and nice to have a finished piece to take home. Would definitely recommend to anyone interested in sharpening their carpeting skills.

Rakshanda Nov 2023

Doing resin master class was wonderful experience n I thoroughly enjoyed it. Our teacher was friendly n conducted the class very efficiently, giving all the informations n tips related to the class. I did an upgrade also as I found it very interesting. Thankfully, ample parking parking was also there. Highly recommended

Ibrahim Oct 2023

I had a great experience making a small wooden top with Dan. He taught some essential skills necessary to make your own wooden pieces, and how to shape corners and edges. Very good stuff.

Table Top Woodworking Class review by Ibrahim - London

Yuga Oct 2023

Loved this workshop!
Richard was brilliant and it was a fun creative session. Love my final piece and highly recommended :)

Fluid Art class review by Yuga - London

Linda Kehaya Oct 2023

A last minute booking and thoroughly enjoyable. Richard was an excellent teacher and it was great fun. I will be booking to finish my piece off in p2 of the course. Highly recommended.

Beginners' Epoxy Resin Workshop review by Linda Kehaya - London

Beatrice Sep 2023

Attended this workshop last Saturday and had a fun time! The workspace was clean and organized and the instructor very helpful and willing to answer all out questions! The quality of the materials was also good! Overall a fun experience and suitable for anyone regardless of previous knowledge!

Daniel Campagne Sep 2023

The breadboard making workshop I attended was great! Our instructor Dan gave us lots of detailed explanations and tips and tricks, the workshop is equipped with some great kit and you get loads of hands on practice with it.
Highly recommended and I’ll definitely be in touch again with the Rivershop for some personal projects!

Bread Board Woodworking Class review by Daniel Campagne - London

Carmen Kearney Sep 2023

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Excellent introduction to Epoxy Resin. I was a complete beginner but everything was explained. Was fun and group was friendly.

Danielle Kaur-Gandhu Aug 2023

Great class if you are new to resin. Our teacher, Richard, was great at explaining everything and answering any questions we had. Would recommend!

Hadiah Alquhais Jun 2023

I did really enjoyed the experience . It was fun and interesting. Both of the instructors were helpful, gave us good and easy tips. The place was neat and clean. I would recommend it

Haim Hassan Jun 2023

Thank you Dan and Richard for a great carpentry experience! Your instuctions were clear and you were always attentive, which is very appreciated! You gave many good advices and explanations, and I am looking forward to come back to one of your advance classes!

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