The Valspar Corp. is offering 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). The course will be presented by Hanley Wood, LLC, a registered provider with the AIA/CES.
"The perception of color is informed by a culture and its symbolism, from food and fashion to the landscape, structures, raw materials and light," explains James Sherwood, Valspar's architectural business development manager. "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." He goes on to say that the company is excited to share the course with the architecture community because it demonstrates the importance of color in the built environment.
The course will cover the relationship between color and pigments, including how pigments can affect color performance in architectural coatings. ASTM performance test methods will also be described to teach about the effect exposure has on pigments and color retention. AMA specifications will be addressed to help architects select pigments for optimal form and function.
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. The "Color Matters" course is available online at architectceuniversity.com and at hanleywooduniversity.com.