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Valspar Offers New AIA-Approved Online Continuing Education Course

AIA_CEU_logoMinneapolis, MN - The Valspar Corporation has announced the development of a new continuing education course titled, “Color Matters: The Relationship Between Color and Pigments in Architectural Coatings". Registered members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) who successfully complete the online course may earn 1.0 Learning Unit with Continuing Education Systems (CES).

valspar-aia-program-pigments“The perception of color is informed by a culture and its symbolism, from food and fashion to the landscape, structures, raw materials and light. Color forecasting identifies the newest trends in color that are drawn from these underlying influences and provides an ongoing resource of inspiration for designers and architects,” said James Sherwood, Valspar’s architectural business development manager. “We are excited to share this course with the architectural community as it demonstrates the importance of color in the built environment, not only in specific industries and building types, but also to the people who benefit from these colorful spaces.”

The relationship between color and pigments will be explained, including how pigments can affect color performance in architectural coatings. ASTM performance test methods will be described to foster a deeper understanding of the effect that exposure has on pigments and color retention. AAMA specifications will be addressed to help architects in selecting the correct pigments for optimal form and function in a project.

Valspar’s “Color Matters” is presented by Hanley Wood, LLC, a registered provider with the AIA/CES. This informative program is available online at and at The June issue of McGraw-Hill’s Architectural Record magazine and online Continuing Education Center feature a similar 1.0 LU course, “Talking Color.”

valspar-aia-program-inspiremeVisitors to Valspar’s AIA booth #3618 booth at this year's AIA convention and exposition will have the opportunity to earn 0.25 Learning Units with an Expo Chat. AIA-registered architects are required to complete a total of 18 Learning Units in a calendar year. Online courses offer a convenient method for earning credits and acquiring new knowledge.

In addition to providing continuing education, Valspar supports architects and building industry professionals with inspirational videos, industry-leading technical expertise, color-matching and sustainability resources, responsive customer service and high-priority lead times. For more information call 888-306-2645 or visit

About Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings

Sherwin-Williams-SD-logoSherwin-Williams Coil Coatings delivers a full range of high-performance coatings in polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), silicone-modified polyester (SMP) and polyester formulas, designed to meet the most demanding environmental requirements while providing protection against weathering and pollution. The Coil Coatings Division is part of the Sherwin-Williams Performance Coatings Group, which supplies a broad range of highly-engineered solutions for construction, industrial, packaging and transportation markets in more than 110 countries in the world. Founded in 1866, The Sherwin-Williams Company is a global leader in the manufacture, development, distribution and sale of paints, coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial and retail customers. For more information about Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings, visit

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